|Full name||Agnatius Pa'asi|
|Born||30 November 1991|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.82 m)|
|Weight||17 st 13 lb (114 kg)|
|Position||Prop, Second-row, Loose forward|
As of 18 June 2021
Agnatius Paasi (born 30 November 1991) is a Tongan professional rugby league footballer who plays as a prop, second-row and loose forward for St Helens in the Betfred Super League and Tonga at international level.
Paasi played his junior football for Mangere East Hawks. At age 17, Paasi moved to Australia on a scholarship to play for Keebra Park State High School where they won the Arrive Alive Cup in 2009. He also played some Australian rules football for the school. He was offered a contract with the Wests Tigers under 20's, but complications with his visa saw him return to New Zealand, where he again played for the Mangere East Hawks before being signed by the New Zealand Warriors.
In 2011, Paasi played for the Warriors Toyota Cup Under-20s team. On 5 October 2011, Paasi played in the Warriors' 2011 NYC Grand Final victory over the North Queensland Cowboys, playing off the interchange bench in the Warriors' 31-30 golden point extra time victory. On 6 October 2011, Paasi was named 18th man for the Junior Kiwis.
In 2012, Paasi moved on to the Warriors New South Wales Cup team, the Auckland Vulcans, and he also played for the Vulcans in 2013. At the start of 2014 Paasi wasn't contracted to any NRL team but was given a chance to play in the Warriors pre-season games, earning a contract with the Warriors NSW Cup side.
After a few impressive performances in the NSW Cup, Paasi was handed his NRL debut for the New Zealand Warriors in Round 19 against the Brisbane Broncos, where he played off the interchange bench in the Warriors 28-22 loss at Suncorp Stadium. This was Paasi’s only first grade match in the 2014 season. He was named as the Warriors NSW Cup Player of the Year. In November, Paasi signed a train and trial contract with the Gold Coast Titans, starting from 2015. On 16 October, Paasi played for Tonga against Papua New Guinea, starting at second-row in the 32-18 loss in Lae.
In Round 1, Paasi made his club debut for the Gold Coast Titans against the Wests Tigers, playing off the interchange bench in the Titans 19-18 loss at Cbus Super Stadium. In Round 4 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, he scored his first career try in the Titans 24-22 win at Remondis Stadium. Paasi’s good form in the Titans early matches earned him a 2-year contract extension with the Titans. He finished his impressive year with him playing in 18 matches and scoring 2 tries.
In February, Paasi was named in the Titans 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad, where he was named in the Team of the Tournament. He was described as, "undoubtedly the weekend’s biggest surprise packet" and perhaps the best player of the Nines. Paasi enjoyed a solid 2016 NRL season with him playing in all the Titans 25 matches and scored 5 tries.
Paasi’s 2017 NRL season was limited due to a shoulder injury, playing in 11 matches for the Titans. On 5 November 2017, Paasi was released from his final year of his contract with the Titans to join his former club the New Zealand Warriors on a 2-year deal, starting from 2018.
In round 1 of the 2021 Super League season, he made his debut for St. Helens in their 29-6 victory over Salford. Paasi was knocked out in the second half of the game after a collision with Salford player Pauli Pauli. He was awarded Man of the Match on his Challenge Cup debut, spearheading his team's victory over Leeds.
On 17 July, he played for St. Helens in their 26-12 2021 Challenge Cup Final victory over Castleford. On 9 October, he played for St. Helens in their 2021 Super League Grand Final victory over Catalans Dragons.
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