|Taulapapa playing for Samoa in 2008|
25 January 1982 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||177 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (13 st 5 lb)|
|Position||Fullback, Wing, Centre|
|As of 1 October 2013|
Misi Taulapapa (born Auckland) is a New Zealand rugby league player who currently plays for the Sheffield Eagles in the Co-operative Championship competition. He has previously played professionally in Australia and England. Taulapapa's position of choice is on the Wing.25 January 1982 in
Taulapapa originally played rugby union for the Waitemata Football club, in the Auckland Rugby Union competition. He played with Waitemata when they won the Gallagher Shield in 2003. Taulapapa also represented the Kelston Boys High School's First XV in both regional and national tournaments.
Taulapapa switched to rugby league in 2004. Taulapapa was selected to play in the Bartercard Cup competition for the Marist Richmond Brothers from where he was picked up by the New Zealand Warriors.
After being released by the Warriors halfway through the 2006 season he moved to Queensland to finish the season at the Central Comets.
Taulapapa signed with the Cronulla Sharks in 2007. Here he played as a solid winger and was a fringe NRL player.
Taulapapa created some controversy in a 30 June 2008 NRL match against the Canberra Raiders, performing an alleged "reverse prowler" (a blind-side hit on a player without the ball) on Canberra player Alan Tongue when in a group tackle. However, he escaped suspension for this.
He scored a hat trick in the qualifying finals game against the Canberra Raiders.
Move to England
Taulapapa originally signed with the Gateshead Thunder for the 2010 season. However the club had financial difficulties which voided Taulapapa's contract. He eventually signed with the Sheffield Eagles. After starting on the wing, he moved to full back after a long term injury ruled out the player in that position. He also took on the captaincy and by the end of the season was one of the stand out players for the Eagles, scoring a hat trick in a win over Leigh Centurions. two weeks later, against the same opponents in the play-offs, he suffered a broken leg that ruled him out for the remainder of the 2010 season.
In August 2011 Taulapapa signed to Super League club Hull Kingston Rovers. However, after his signature had been announced, Hull KR appointed a new manager - Craig Sandercock - who subsequently decided that Taulapapa was not part of his plans for the 2012 season. Taulapapa was released from his contract with Hull KR, without having played a single game, and re-signed for Sheffield.
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