Josh Papalii

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Josh Papalii
Personal information
Born (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 22)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 110 kg (17 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Lock, Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011– Canberra Raiders 80 16 0 0 64
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013-14 Queensland 3 0 0 0 0
2013 Australia 4 2 0 0 8
Source: RL

Josh Papalii (born 13 May 1992, in Auckland) is a New Zealand-born Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Canberra Raiders of the National Rugby League (NRL) competition. Papalii is a hard running second rower who made his NRL debut for Canberra in 2011.[1]


Born in New Zealand, Papalii moved to Australia at the age of 6 and was raised in Woodridge, Queensland, playing his junior footy for Logan Brothers.

Professional playing career[edit]

Papalii played 20+ games for Canberra's Toyota Cup side before making his NRL debut in the Raider's win against the Melbourne Storm in round 10, 2011.[2]

He had, perhaps, the best performance of his still young first grade career against the Brisbane Broncos in round 14 of the 2011 season. He scored two tries back to back to help lead a Raider's comeback, coming from 24-0 down to level the game 24-24, before losing in extra time.[3]

In 2010, he represented the Queensland under 18 side and was selected in the Junior Kiwis' training squad, although he did not make the final side.[4][5][6] He was selected for the Junior Kiwis in 2011.[7]

In 2012, Papalii pledged his representative allegiance to Queensland and Australia. In December 2012, he was named in Queensland's Emerging Origin Squad.[8]

Papalii first gained selection for the Maroons for Game II of the 2013 State of Origin series.[9] He continued in Game III, helping Queensland extend their record for consecutive series victories to eight. Due to Papalii's outstanding performance during the 2013 season he was selected in the Australian international squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

In June 12 2014, Papalii was involved in a alleged road rage incident after he allegedly threw a one-litre bottle of moisturising cream at another motorist who is now insisting on a public apology. The NRL club agreed to pay for the damage caused to the car of University of Canberra staff member Michael Tutalo, but said his lengthy list of demands, which included a face-to-face apology from the Australian and Queensland representative in front of The Canberra Times building in Fyshwick, were too much. The pair became involved in a heated exchange after Papalii allegedly cut off Mr Tutalo as he drove along Belconnen Way in Bruce.[10]


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