Lopini Paea

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Lopini Paea
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Personal information
Full name Lopini Paea
Nickname Bini
Born (1984-04-19) 19 April 1984 (age 30)
Auburn, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 104 kg (16 st 5 lb) [1]
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–2010 Sydney Roosters 95 3 0 0 12
2011– Catalans Dragons 65 10 0 0 40
Total 160 13 0 0 52
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–2008 Tonga 7 0 0 0 0
As of 28 April 2014

Lopini Paea (born 19 April 1984 in Auburn, Australia) is an Australian rugby league player of Tongan descent who currently plays for the Catalans Dragons in the European Super League. He previously played for the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League. His position of choice is at second-row forward. Lopini Paea attended Sarah Redfern High School. Paea played junior league for Minto Cobras

Paea has represented on several occasions for the Tongan national team with his most recent international games during the 2007 Junior Kangaroos tour, in which Paea also captained the Tongan side.[2][3]

In August 2008, Lopini Paea was named in the Tonga training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup,[4] and in October 2008 he was named in the final 24-man Tonga squad.[5]

He played in the 2010 NRL Grand Final earning a late recall in the team replacing James Aubusson. The Roosters lost however 32-8 to the Dragons. Paea started the game at Prop.

He is the brother of Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Player Mickey Paea & Lelea Paea.

Lopini Paea 2008

Career highlights[edit]

  • First-grade debut: Round 15, 2003, against the Cronulla Sharks
  • Representing Tongan National Team
  • Captaining Tongan National Team
  • 2007Junior Kangaroos tour

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dragons Catalans". web page. Dragons Catalans S.A.S.P. 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Tonga thrashes Junior Kangaroos". Fox Sports News. 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  3. ^ "NRL’s island talent". Samoa Observer. 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-08-04. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Tug-of-war over Mason". Sky Sports. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  5. ^ "Samoa, Tonga and Fiji name squads". BBC. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 

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