13 May 1992 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||110 kg (17 st 5 lb)|
|Position||Second-row, Lock, Prop|
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.
Professional playing career
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.
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. He was selected for the Junior Kiwis in 2011.
In 2012, Papalii pledged his representative allegiance to Queensland and Australia. In December 2012, he was named in Queensland's Emerging Origin Squad.
Papalii first gained selection for the Maroons for Game II of the 2013 State of Origin series. 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.
- Nine NYC-winning Warriors named in Jnr Kiwis NRL.com, 6 October 2010
- Junior Kiwis dominated by NYC Grand Finalists rleague.com, 5 October 2011
- Lutton, Paul (18 June 2013). "Maroons to unleash the backrow beast in Origin II". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 18 June 2013.