|Full name||Apirana Pewhairangi|
|Born||19 March 1992|
Palmerston North, New Zealand
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||15 st 2 lb (96 kg)|
As of 24 August 2018
Apirana Pewhairangi (born 19 March 1992) is an Ireland international rugby league footballer who plays for the London Broncos in the Betfred Super League. He plays as a five-eighth, with centre a secondary position.
He represented Ireland in rugby league at the 2013 World Cup. He briefly played rugby union signing for Irish provincial rugby union side Connacht in the Pro12. In union, he was registered with Connacht as a centre.
Rugby league career
Newcastle Knights (2009–2012)
Pewhairangi was signed by the Newcastle Knights in 2009. He played for the Knights' NYC team from 2010 to 2012, captaining the side in 2012. However Pewhairangi did not break into the first-grade side during his time with the Knights.
Parramatta Eels (2013–2014)
In 2013, Pewhairangi moved to the Parramatta Eels, and played for the Wentworthville Magpies in the NSW Cup. In Round 9 of the 2013 NRL season he made his National Rugby League début for the Eels on 11 May 2013 against the Brisbane Broncos.
New Zealand Warriors (2015)
London Broncos (2016-)
On 12 May 2016, Kingstone Press Championship team London Broncos offered Pewairangi a 4-week trial at the club. He made his début in London's 62-4 home win against Whitehaven, scoring 2 tries. After the game, the Broncos announced they have signed Pewhairangi on a contract until the end of the 2017 contract.
Pewhairangi qualified to play for Ireland through his grandmother from Lucan. Despite not having been capped before and not playing for the team at under-age level, Pewhairangi was named in the Irish squad for the 2013 World Cup. He played in two of Ireland's tournament games.
Rugby union career
In June 2015 it was announced that Pewhairangi would switch codes, joining Irish rugby union side Connacht. Pewhairangi trained with the squad in the 2015–16 preseason and featured in friendly matches against Grenoble and Castres. However he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Castres game.
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