Isaah Yeo Biography

Australian rugby league footballer

Source: As of 26 August 2022

Isaah Ferguson-Yeo (born 6 November 1994) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a lock and second-row forward for the Penrith Panthers in the NRL. As of 2021, he is also the co-captain alongside his teammate Nathan Cleary. Yeo played centre in the early part of his career before settling into the forwards full-time.

At representative level he has played for New South Wales Country and New South Wales in the State of Origin series.


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 Playing career
    • 2.1 2014
    • 2.2 2015
    • 2.3 2016
    • 2.4 2017
    • 2.5 2018
    • 2.6 2019
    • 2.7 2020
    • 2.8 2021
    • 2.9 2022
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Early years

Yeo was born in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia. He is the son of former North Sydney Bears and Balmain Tigers player Justin Yeo.

Yeo played his junior football for the St Johns, Dubbo and Dubbo CYMS, before being signed by the Penrith Panthers.

Playing career

Yeo playing for the Windsor Wolves in 2013

Yeo played for Penrith's NYC team in 2013. Yeo played in Penrith's 2013 NYC Grand Final 42-30 win over the New Zealand Warriors.


In round 1 of the 2014 NRL season, Yeo made his NRL debut for the Penrith club against Newcastle. Yeo scored his first career try in the Penrith club's 38-12 win over Parramatta in round 12. On 9 July 2014, Yeo was selected for the NSW residents team to play against the Queensland residents team at Suncorp Stadium. He played right-centre, i.e. number 3, and scored a try in the NSW 16-24 loss. Yeo finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 10 matches and scoring two tries.


On 31 January and 1 February, Yeo played for Penrith in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines. He finished off the 2015 season having played in 21 matches and scoring two tries for the Penrith club.


In February 2016, Yeo was named in the Penrith's 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad. On 11 February 2016, Yeo extended his contract with the Penrith club from the end of 2016 to the end of 2019. On 8 May 2016, Yeo played for New South Wales Country against New South Wales City, playing on the wing in the 30-44 loss in Tamworth. Yeo finished the 2016 NRL season with him playing in 26 matches and 5 tries for the Penrith club.


In February 2017, Yeo was named as the captain of Penrith's 2017 NRL Auckland Nines squad, The Panthers were the runner-ups of the tournament, losing to the Sydney Roosters 10-8 in the final.


Yeo made 26 appearances for Penrith and scored 4 tries in 2018 as the club finished 5th on the table at the end of the regular season. Penrith reached the second week of the finals for the third season running but were eliminated by the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 21-20 with Yeo scoring a try in the defeat.


Yeo began the 2019 as one of Penrith's first choice second-rowers and played in the club's opening round loss against Parramatta. Yeo was taken from the field after being hit in a high tackle by Michael Jennings. The following week, Yeo scored a try in Penrith's victory over Newcastle but was taken from the field after suffering another concussion. In Round 8 against Canberra, Yeo was taken from the field with a shoulder injury during the club's 30-12 loss.

Yeo made a total of 18 appearances for Penrith in the 2019 NRL season as the club finished a disappointing 10th on the table and missed out on the finals for the first time since 2015.


Yeo enjoyed his best year at Penrith in the 2020 NRL season as the club won the Minor Premiership and reached the 2020 NRL Grand Final. On 19 October, he was named Dally M Lock of the year. Yeo played in the grand final which Penrith lost 26-20 against Melbourne. Following the game, Yeo was named in the preliminary State of Origin side for New South Wales.

In Game 2 of the 2020 State of Origin series, Yeo made his debut off the bench for New South Wales in a 34-10 win. He was selected for Game 3 where New South Wales lost the game 20-14 and the series 2-1 against Queensland.


During the 2021 pre-season, it was announced that Yeo would become co-captain alongside Nathan Cleary. This announcement came after the previous captain; James Tamou, departed the club for the Wests Tigers.

Yeo was selected in the 2021 State of Origin series at Lock for New South Wales. He played all three games in the series and was a part of the winning side as NSW reclaimed the Origin Shield.

On 25 September (alongside his Co-Captain Nathan Cleary), Yeo led the Penrith club to a 10-6 Preliminary Final victory over Melbourne, earning Penrith their second NRL Grand Final in two years.

On 27 September, Yeo was once again named Dally M Lock of the year for the second year in a row.

On 3 October, Yeo helped lead the Penrith club to their third premiership. With a final score of 14-12, Penrith held out a late barrage by South Sydney Yeo played all 80 minutes, making 168 metres, 57 post-contact metres and 36 tackles


On 29 May, Yeo was selected by New South Wales to play in game one of the 2022 State of Origin series.


    External links

    • Penrith Panthers profile
    • Panthers profile
    • NRL profile
    Isaah Yeo