"Tony" Tatupu is a former New Zealand rugby league player. Tatupu played at Centre and in the Second Row and represented both New Zealand and Western Samoa. Tatupu is the uncle of North Queensland Cowboys centre Matthew Wright (rugby league).
Playing career [ edit ]
Tony first played for the
Mt Albert Lions in the Auckland competition before joining the North Harbour Sea Eagles for the 1994 Lion Red Cup season. Between 1991 and 1993 he played 12 games for Auckland. From there he joined the [1 ] Auckland Warriors for their inaugural season in the Australian Rugby League competition. Along with Nigel Vagana he joined the Warrington Wolves in the Super League competition in 1997 before returning to the Warriors for another two seasons.
In 2000 he returned to England to finish his career at the
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. He stayed with the club during a time of financial turbulence mid way through the 2000 season which saw all players over 24 released and then re-signed on limited wages.
Representative career [ edit ]
He represented Samoa at two
World Cups and two Pacific Cups. He was named in the 1992 Pacific Cups team of the tournament.
Later years [ edit ]
He now serves as a New Zealand Police officer and represented the
New Zealand Police at the inaugural Police World Cup. [2 ] [3 ]
Tatupu's son Shem has been signed by
Australian Football League (AFL) club Hawthorn as an international rookie. [4 ]
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