Joseph Paulo

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Joseph Paulo
Joseph Paulo 2008.jpg
Paulo training with Samoa
Personal information
Nickname Seffa
Born (1988-01-02) 2 January 1988 (age 27)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 106 kg (16 st 10 lb)
Playing information
Position Lock, Five-eighth, Second-row, Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–11 Penrith Panthers 30 4 0 0 16
2011– Parramatta Eels 72 2 9 0 26
Total 102 6 9 0 42
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–10 Samoa 4 0 3 0 6
2011–13 United States 8 3 18 0 48
2015 NRL All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP

Joseph Paulo (born 2 January 1988) is a New Zealand rugby league player for the Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League (NRL). Paulo's position of choice is as a second-row, and he can also lock the scrum and play five-eighth. He has played internationally for both Samoa and the United States.

Representative career[edit]

Paulo was born in Auckland and attended Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown. He is of American Samoan and Niuean descent, and so is eligible for both Samoa and the USA at international level.[1] He is also an Australian Schoolboys international.[2]

Paulo began his NRL career at the Penrith Panthers after playing his junior rugby league at the St Clair Comets. Paulo made a mid-season switch to Parramatta in the 2011 season.

Paulo was named in the Samoan squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[3][4]

In 2009 he was named as part of the Samoan side for the Pacific Cup.[5]

However, in 2011 he switched his allegiance to the USA and was named to the United States national team for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers, making his debut in the tournament.[6]

He captained the US in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.


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  2. ^ "Australian Schoolboys". Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League. 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Samoa, Tonga and Fiji name squads". BBC. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  4. ^ "Samoa name World Cup Squad". League Unlimited. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  5. ^ Poching names strong Samoan squad, 6 October 2009
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