Temu grew up in New Zealand and played for the Marist Saints in the Auckland Rugby League. In 1994 he followed his coach, Stan Martin, to the Counties Manukau Heroes in the new Lion Red Cup competition. After several strong seasons with the Heroes he was offered a professional contract to play for Oldham in the English First Division. At Oldham Temu made an immediate impression, playing the first 22 consecutive games. Temu was to play for the club for the next three years.
- Jason Temu
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth:
- Auckland, New Zealand
- 100 kg
- New Zealand
- Cook Islands
- Current Status:
- Running a drainage company in Auckland
- Warriors #:
- Warriors Debut (Date and Match Details):
- 4th March 2001 vs Wests Tigers
- Junior Club:
- Marist Saints
- Signed From:
- Newcastle Knights
- Wikipedia Page:
In 1995, after a season with Oldham, Temu was selected by the Cook Island team to play in the Emerging Nations Tournament. The Cook Islands won the tournament.
In 1998 Temu made the move to the Hull Sharks and the Super League. Temu played 15 games for the club that year.
In 1999 Temu moved to Australia and joined the Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League competition. His time at the club was plagued by injury and over two seasons he only played 3 first grade games. He was released at the end of 2000.
At the end of 2000 Temu was selected in the Cook Island team for the World Cup and was made vice-captain of the squad.
The Wigan Warriors were interested in signing Temu, who did not count as a quota player due to the time he had spent in Great Britain. However he was denied a work permit due to the little game time he had had at Newcastle and so the deal fell through.
Instead, Temu signed with the new New Zealand Warriors club and provided experience to the younger props in the side. When not selected by the first grade side he played for the Marist Richmond Brothers in the Bartercard Cup. He played four first grade games for the Warriors and subsequently decided to retire at the end of the 2001 season.
- 1994 Counties Manukau
- 1995–2000 Cook Islands
- 1995–1997 Oldham
- 1998 Hull FC
- 1999–2000 Newcastle Knights
- 2001 New Zealand Warriors