Penani Manumalealii

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Penani Manumalealii
Manumalealii playing for the Sharks in 2013.
Personal information
Born (1992-06-14) 14 June 1992 (age 22)
Apia, Samoa
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 80 kg (12 st 8 lb)
Playing information
Position Halfback, Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014 Cronulla-Sutherland 2 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–14 Samoa 4 4 0 0 16
As of 3 May 2014
Source: RLP

Penani Manumalealii (born 14 June 1992) is an Samoan New Zealander professional rugby league footballer. He previously played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the National Rugby League. He primarily plays halfback and five-eighth.

Early years[edit]

Born in Apia, Samoa, Manumalealii was raised in New Zealand and attended De La Salle College while playing his junior football for De La Salle and the Hornby Panthers.

Playing career[edit]

As a 16-year old, Manumalealii moved to Sydney, Australia to play for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.[1] He played for the Sharks' NYC team from 2010 to 2012[2][3] before moving on to the Sharks' New South Wales Cup team in 2013.[4]

In Round 2 of the 2014 NRL season, Manumalealii made his NRL debut for the Sharks against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.[5]

Representative career[edit]

In 2012, Manumalealii played for the Junior Kiwis.[6][7]

In 2013, Manumalealii was named in the Samoa squad for the World Cup.[8] He scored a try in their opening match against New Zealand.

In May 2014, Penani played for Samoa in the 2014 Pacific Rugby League International. He scored three tries in Samoa's 32-16 victory. He dedicated those tries to his mother who passed away six months ago. The game also showed respect to his mother by having a moment of silence before the national anthems.

On 8 September 2014, Manumalealii was selected for the Samoa Four Nations train-on squad.[9] On 7 October 2014, Manumalealii was selected in the Samoa national rugby league team final 24 man squad for the 2014 Four Nations series.[10][11]


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