98 Podcast Episode 21 – Jake Friend

Jake Friend is an Australian former rugby league footballer who played as a hooker. He spent his entire first-grade career, spanning 2008 to 2021, with the Sydney Roosters in the NRL; at the time of his retirement, he was the club’s co-captain. Friend won three premierships with the Roosters, in 2013, 2018 and 2019.

Internationally, Friend represented Australia in a Test in 2016.

Friend also represented the Prime Minister’s XIII, World All Stars and Queensland. With the latter, he won the 2020 State of Origin series, playing in all three games, in what would be the final full season of his playing career.

Jake is actions over words, he has said on many occasions that he’d rather his playing speak for him. I’ve witnessed it countless times as he walks the halls of Roosters HQ, people are better because he is there, his presence commands respect. He is first and foremost a friend, brother, husband and father, who played Rugby League. Enjoy!

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