Anthony Tupou

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Anthony Tupou
Personal information
Born (1983-03-01) 1 March 1983 (age 33)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Lock, Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004–08 Sydney Roosters 111 19 0 0 76
2009–15 Cronulla Sharks 123 9 0 0 36
2016– Wakefield Trinity 25 4 0 0 16
Total 259 32 0 0 128
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005–09 NSW Country 2 0 0 0 0
2005–07 Prime Minister's XIII 3 0 0 0 0
2006–08 Australia 11 2 0 0 8
2007–08 New South Wales 4 0 0 0 0
2010 NRL All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
2013 Tonga 1 0 0 0 0
As of 3 November 2015
Source: Rugby League Project, NRL Stats

Anthony Tupou (born 1 March 1983 in Newcastle, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the Super League. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative, he plays at second-row, lock and prop and previously played for the Sydney Roosters and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the National Rugby League.

Professional career[edit]

Sydney Roosters[edit]

Tupou made his first-grade debut in 2004 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.[1] In the September 2004 issue of Big League magazine, after making his debut with the Roosters, Tupou claimed that growing up his favourite player to watch was Queensland legend Mal Meninga. He also claimed that the biggest influence on his football was his father and his club coach Ricky Stuart.[2] At the end of that season he played for the Roosters from the interchange bench in their 2004 NRL grand final loss to cross-Sydney rivals, the Bulldogs.

Tupou playing for the Roosters in 2008

In 2005, Tupou made his representative début in the City vs Country Origin for the Country NSW team.[3]

At the end of the 2006 season, Tupou was selected for the Australian team,[4] as a replacement for Reni Maitua. He played four matches, scoring one try.

Tupou retained his Test spot in 2007 for the Anzac Test against New Zealand. Tupou made his début for New South Wales in Game 1 of the 2007 State of Origin series. Interestingly, his Test debut came before his Origin debut. However, he was dropped for Game 2.

On 22 April 2008, Tupou announced that he had accepted a 4-year deal with the Cronulla Sharks worth 1.5 million dollars.[5]

In August 2008, Tupou was named in the Australia training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[6] He was named in the Australia squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, replacing Michael Crocker who withdrew through injury.[7] Although also named in the Tonga training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, Tupou played for Australia.[7][8]

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks[edit]

Tupou played for the Sharks mainly at second-row forward. Tupou was named in NSW's preliminary 40 man squad for the 2009 State of Origin series. He was selected for Country in the City vs Country match on 8 May 2009.[9]

In 2013, Tupou played for the Tonga national rugby league team in their Pacific Rugby League International clash with fierce rivals Samoa.

On 22 August 2014, Tupou became one of the current Sharks players to accept reduced bans from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority for his role in the club's 2011 supplements scandal.[10]

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats[edit]

On 2 November 2015, Tupou signed a 2-year contract with Super League side Wakefield Trinity Wildcats starting in 2016.[11]


  1. ^ Retrieved 1 July 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  2. ^ "Player Profile, Anthony Tupou". Sydney Roosters. 2006-03-26. Archived from the original on 29 April 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  3. ^ "Country boy chips away and gets a jersey to diet for - League - Sport". 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2015-11-03. 
  4. ^ "Injury to Maitua opens door for Tupou - League - Sport". Retrieved 2015-11-03. 
  5. ^ "$1.5m makes Tupou a Shark". Herald Sun. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  6. ^ "Veteran Lockyer named in Australian squad". International Herald Tribune. 2008-08-01. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  7. ^ a b "Australia recall Tupou from Tonga". BBC. 2008-10-09. Archived from the original on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  8. ^ "Tug-of-war over Mason". Sky Sports. 2008-08-05. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  9. ^ Balym, Todd (2009-05-03). "Blues halfback duel in two as Mitchell Pearce misses selection". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  10. ^ "Cronulla Sharks players accept doping bans". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Anthony Tupou joins Wildcats | NRL". Zero Tackle. 2015-03-08. Retrieved 2015-11-03. 

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