Mickey Paea

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Mickey Paea
Personal information
Nickname Mixta,
Born (1986-03-25) 25 March 1986 (age 28)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 17 st 7 lb (111 kg)
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005–2008 Sydney Roosters 22 1 0 0 4
2009 St. George Illawarra 6 0 0 0 0
2010–2011 Canterbury Bulldogs 28 1 0 0 4
2012–2013 Hull Kingston Rovers 54 6 0 0 24
2014– Hull FC 24 3 0 0 12
Total 134 11 0 0 44
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–2013 Tonga 12 1 0 0 4
2013 Exiles 1 1 0 0 4
Source: RLP

Mickey Paea (born 25 March 1986) is an Australian rugby league player of Tongan descent who currently plays for the Hull FC in the Super League competition.

Playing career[edit]

Michey Paea began playing rugby league at a young age for the Minto Cobras. Whilst in year 12 at Sarah Redfern High Paea received his first NRL contract with the Sydney Roosters along with fellow Sarah Redfern student class mate and current NRL player Michael Lett. Paea made his first grade debut for the Roosters against the Cronulla Sharks at Toyota Park on 17 June 2005.

Roosters[edit]

Although only playing 4 games for the Sydney Roosters in 2005 he went on to Captain The Junior Kangaroos and claiming The Junior Rep Player of the year at the Sydney Roosters.

Dragons and Bulldogs[edit]

On 16 September 2008 it was announced that Paea will join the St. George Illawarra Dragons for 2009.[1][2] He made his Dragons first grade debut in Townsville on 9 May 2009 against the Cowboys.

Paea was the subject of a controversial racial vilification dispute with Cronulla Sharks Captain, Paul Gallen, late in the local derby played between the Dragons and Sharks on 23 May 2009. Gallen, who took objection to Paea accidentally stepping on his hand in a tackle, got up and called Paea a "black c***".[3] Paea's angry response was caught by television cameras and microphones, but he did not wish to take the matter further after the match.[4] "But then something told me to just forget about it and to just move on. Things happen on the field and you don't want to get too personal about it. But I've been getting different kinds of reactions. After the game I had my church friends sending me messages saying, `You handled it really well, it was very Kingdom the way you dealt with it'. "Then I had other mates saying, `You should have smashed him'.

Nevertheless, the NRL stepped in themselves and issued a $10,000 fine to Gallen,[5] and the Cronulla Sharks have revealed that they are likely to strip him of the club captaincy.[6]

Canterbury Bulldogs[edit]

During 2010-11, Mickey Paea played for the Canterbury Bulldogs as a prop. He made 16 appearances in 2010 and 12 appearances in 2011. Since leaving them for Hull KR, he has contemplated moving back to the NRL. [7]

He is the brother of Sydney Roosters player Lopini Paea & Lelea Paea

Hull F.C.[edit]

(For 2014 Super League season highlights, stats and results click on 2014 Super League season results)

Tonga[edit]

In 2006 he made his international debut for Tonga against Samoa and since then has played superbly in all 12 internationals for the Tongan side.[8]

In August 2008, Mickey Paea was named in the Tonga training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup,[9] and in October 2008 he was named in the final 24-man Tonga squad.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dragons sign Mickey Paea
  2. ^ "2009 NRL Player Movements". NRL Live. 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  3. ^ "Paea urged to speak up on racial slur". Sydney Morning Herald. 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Paea plays down Gallen bust-up". Sydney Morning Herald. 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  5. ^ "Gallop stands by Gallen breach notice". Sydney Morning Herald. 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  6. ^ "Cronulla Sharks to sack skipper Paul Gallen". Daily Telegraph. 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  7. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/rugby-league/news/12217/8724142/Hull-KR-star-Mickey-Paea-considers-return-to-NRL
  8. ^ "NRL’s island talent". Samoa Observer. 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-08-04. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Tug-of-war over Mason". Sky Sports. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  10. ^ "Samoa, Tonga and Fiji name squads". BBC. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 

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