The Utah Warriors signed Jahmin Gernhoefer for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 26-year-old back row is 6’1″ and 229 lbs.
Jah is from Christchurch, New Zealand and moved to Hamilton with his family when he was 3 years old in 1996, living there until 2007. He attended Church College of New Zealand from 2006-2007 and played rugby and water polo.
Jah then moved to Brisbane, Australia and attended Keebra Park State High School and played rugby league from 2009-2010. He then played for the Sunnybank Premier Colts from 2010-2012, as well as for the Queensland Under-19s, although the latter team did not play matches that year.
Jah also played rugby sevens for the Sunnybank Rugby Sevens team from 2011-2013, playing in tournaments worldwide, such as in Singapore, Borneo, Darwin, and Central Coast. He played rugby 15s for the Sunnybank Premier and First Grade squads from 2013-2017. In 2018 he transferred to the Brisbane Souths Rugby Union Club Premier and First Grade squads. This led to a trial with the Fijian Drua team.
Brisbane Souths’ Head Coach Elia Tugiri Comments
“Jasmin Gernhoefer was a regular member of the Souths Premier grade in 2018 and mainly played in the back row. He has a great work ethic and was one of the fittest members of the squad. He always played consistently at a high level of rugby week in and week out for both the Premier and Reserve Grade and as a result was selected to trail for the Fiji Drua team earlier this year.”