- 28 Age
- 122kg Weight
- 204cm Height
A giant, aggressive and athletic lock with strong Tongan rugby heritage, Adam Coleman is the first post-World War II Tasmanian-born Wallaby. His father was the former Tonga captain Pau’u Afeaki who passed when Coleman was just 12 years of age. In 2010 Coleman, fresh out of school, was recruited from a division two schoolboys competition to the Australian National University by Owls coach Adam Fahey. Coleman left his mum Jennifer and moved to Canberra on his own to chase down a contract with the ACT Brumbies. He played two strong seasons in the John I Dent Cup however the Brumbies chose not to offer him a full-time position.
Coleman relocated to Sydney in late 2011 but then waited two long years before he played his one and only match for New South Wales. In 2014 he finally found a home with the Western Force and the following year enjoyed the best season of his young career. His powerful running and strength in contact caught the eye of the national selectors and it was no surprise when he made his Test debut in 2016 against England in Sydney. Coleman has since gone on to firmly established himself as one of the Wallabies’ first choice locks. From his 2016 debut Coleman has played in 31 of Australia’s past 40 Tests with seven of the nine missed solely due to injury.
Coleman won his first Test cap when he came off the bench to replace Rob Simmons at halftime in the 3rd Test against England at Sydney. Over the course of the year Coleman won nine Test caps however his Spring Tour was cut short by a knee medial ligament injury in just the fifth minute of the international against Scotland.
The media proclaimed “enforcer” of the Wallaby 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 Test against the All Blacks in Dunedin. He returned to play seven more Tests before yet another injury, this time to his thumb in the Test against Wales, forced him to be a late withdrawal from the team to face England at Twickenham.
Coleman started at lock in 10 of the 11 Tests in which he played. Rory Arnold took his spot against South Africa at Suncorp while a torn adductor longus muscle forced him to miss the third Bledisloe Test in Yokohama.