A giant lock with strong Tongan rugby heritage, Adam Coleman is the first post-World War II Tasmanian-born Wallaby. His mother Jennifer took sole care of him after his father, former Tonga captain Pau’u Afeaki, died when he was 12. At 18, Coleman moved to Canberra to join the Brumbies Academy, before relocating to Sydney in late 2011. He played one Super Rugby match for the Waratahs, after impressing for Parramatta in the Shute Shield. Coleman caught national attention, though, after moving to the Western Force, ultimately making his Test debut against England in 2016.
Won his first Test cap off the bench against England in Sydney. Over the course of the year, Coleman won nine Test caps, before his Spring Tour was cut short by a knee injury in just the fifth minute of the international against Scotland.
The ‘enforcer’ of the Wallabies pack, Coleman was close to the first-picked tight forward for the opening four Tests of the season before a shoulder injury suffered at training ruled him out of the second Bledisloe Test in Dunedin. Coleman returned to play seven more Tests before yet another injury, this time to his thumb against Wales, forced him out of the rest of the tour.