Anthony Tupou

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Anthony Tupou
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Personal information
Born (1984-03-01) 1 March 1984 (age 30)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
Playing information
Position Lock, Second-row, Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004–2008 Sydney Roosters 111 19 0 0 76
2009– Cronulla Sharks 104 8 0 0 32
Total 215 27 0 0 108
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005–2009 NSW Country 2 0 0 0 0
2005–2007 Prime Minister's XIII 3 0 0 0 0
2006–2008 Australia 11 2 0 0 8
2007–2008 New South Wales 4 0 0 0 0
2010 NRL All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
2013 Tonga 1 0 0 0 0
Source: NRL Stats, RLP

Anthony Tupou (born 1 March 1984 in Newcastle, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer of Tongan descent who plays for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks of the National Rugby League. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative second-row forward, he previously played for the Sydney Roosters.

Professional career[edit]

Sydney Roosters[edit]

Tupou made his first-grade debut in 2004 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.[1] In the September 2004 issue of Big League magazine, after making his debut with the Roosters, Tupou claimed that growing up his favourite player to watch was Queensland legend Mal Meninga. He also claimed that the biggest influence on his football was his father and his club coach Ricky Stuart.[2] At the end of that season he played for the Roosters from the interchange bench in their 2004 NRL grand final loss to cross-Sydney rivals, the Bulldogs.

Tupou playing for the Roosters in 2008

In 2005, Tupou made his representative début in the City vs Country Origin for the Country NSW team.[3]

At the end of the 2006 season, Tupou was selected for the Australian team,[4] as a replacement for Reni Maitua. He played four matches, scoring one try.

Tupou retained his Test spot in 2007 for the Anzac Test against New Zealand. Tupou made his début for New South Wales in Game 1 of the 2007 State of Origin series. Interestingly, his Test debut came before his Origin debut. However, he was dropped for Game 2.

On 22 April 2008, Tupou announced that he had accepted a 4-year deal with the Cronulla Sharks worth 1.5 million dollars.[5]

In August 2008, Tupou was named in the Australia training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[6] He was named in the Australia squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, replacing Michael Crocker who withdrew through injury.[7] Although also named in the Tonga training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, Tupou played for Australia.[7][8]

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks[edit]

Tupou played for the Sharks mainly at second-row forward. Tupou was named in NSW's preliminary 40 man squad for the 2009 State of Origin series. He was selected for Country in the City vs Country match on 8 May 2009.[9]

In 2013, Tupou played for the Tonga national rugby league team in their Pacific Rugby League International clash with fierce rivals Samoa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ NRL Profile
  2. ^ "Player Profile, Anthony Tupou". Sydney Roosters. 2006-03-26. Archived from the original on 20 April 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  3. ^ Country Origin
  4. ^ Injury to Maitua Opens Door for Tupou
  5. ^ "$1.5m makes Tupou a Shark". Herald Sun. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  6. ^ "Veteran Lockyer named in Australian squad". International Herald Tribune. 2008-08-01. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  7. ^ a b "Australia recall Tupou from Tonga". BBC. 2008-10-09. Archived from the original on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  8. ^ "Tug-of-war over Mason". Sky Sports. 2008-08-05. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  9. ^ Balym, Todd (2009-05-03). "Blues halfback duel in two as Mitchell Pearce misses selection". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 

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