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.
Standing at 204cm, Adam Coleman is an imposing figure for opposition teams both at lineout time and in open play.Coleman’s strength in contact and powerful running game saw him put together the best season of his young career in 2015, playing 12 matches and scoring his maiden Super Rugby try against the Bulls in Pretoria, with a barnstorming 25-metre run. Following the departure of veteran locks Sam Wykes and Wilhelm Steenkamp, Coleman's role in the Force forward pack has become more pivotal.
Adam Coleman is without a doubt the form lock in Australia with his abrasive game style striking fear in the heart of his opponents. The 204cm Force lock has developed into a superstar with his lineout calling a feature of his game. Coleman joins the Spirit squad as one of the team’s allocated Wallabies and if he features in the NRC it will be a massive boost.