Apisai Koroisau

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Apisai Koroisau
Apisai Koroisau.jpg
Personal information
Nickname Api[1]
Born (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 24)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Hooker, Five-eighth, Halfback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014 South Sydney 14 1 0 0 4
2015 Penrith Panthers 16 1 4 0 12
2016– Manly Sea Eagles 29 6 3 0 30
Total 59 8 7 0 46
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013– Fiji 7 0 5 0 10
As of 6 May 2017
Source: [2]

Apisai Koroisau (born 7 November 1992) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the National Rugby League. A Fiji national representative and premiership winner with the Rabbitohs, he plays at hooker and five-eighth and previously played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Penrith Panthers.

Early years[edit]

Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Koroisau is of Fijian descent and played his junior football for the Berala Bears, before being signed by the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Koroisau played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs NYC team in 2011 and 2012, before moving on to the Rabbitohs New South Wales Cup team, the North Sydney Bears, in 2013. In October 2013, Koroisau was named in the Fijian 2013 World Cup squad.[3] Koroisau made his debut for Fiji in Round 1 of the tournament against Ireland in the 32-14 win at Spotland Stadium.[4] Koroisau played in 4 matches in the tournament.

Professional playing career[edit]

2014[edit]

In Round 4 of the 2014 NRL season, Koroisau made his NRL debut for the South Sydney Rabbitohs at hooker against the Canberra Raiders in the Rabbitohs 30-18 loss at ANZ Stadium.[5] In Round 8 ANZAC Day match against the Brisbane Broncos, Koroisau scored his first NRL career try, and the games opening try, in the Rabbitohs last minute 28-26 penalty goal win at Suncorp Stadium.[6] On 3 June 2014, Koroisau signed a 2-year contract with the Penrith Panthers starting in 2015.[7] In the week leading up the Rabbitohs 2014 NRL Grand Final match against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, after Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke was ruled out from the Grand Final for his high tackle on Sydney Roosters player Sonny Bill Williams a week earlier in the Rabbitohs 32-22 Preliminary Final win, Koroisau was Luke’s replacement at hooker for the match on 5 October 2014, in the Rabbitohs 30-6 Grand Final victory.[8][9] Koroisau was rated a 7 out of 10 player rating by Rugby League Week for his performance in the Grand Final.[10] Koroisau finished his debut year in the NRL in 2014 season with him playing in 14 matches and scoring a try for the Rabbitohs.

2015[edit]

On 24 January 2015, Koroisau was named in the Panthers' 2015 Auckland Nines squad.[11] On 2 May 2015, he played for Fiji against Papua New Guinea in the 2015 Melanesian Cup.[12] On 2 July 2015, he signed a 3-year contract with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles starting in 2016, after being released from the final year of his Panthers contract.[13] He finished off his one and only season with the Panthers having playing in 16 matches, scoring 1 try and kicking 4 goals.[14]

2016[edit]

In Round 1 of the 2016 NRL season, Koroisau made his club debut for the Sea Eagles against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, starting at hooker in the Sea Eagles' 8-26 loss at Brookvale Oval.[15] However, he was dropped to New South Wales Cup in favour of Matt Parcell after the Sea Eagles lost 22-36 to the Wests Tigers in Round 2 at Leichhardt Oval. He was recalled to the team for their Round 5 match against his former club the Rabbitohs following an ankle injury that ruled out representative halfback Daly Cherry-Evans. Playing at halfback, Koroisau scored his first club try for the Sea Eagles in their 12-16 loss at Brookvale Oval. Despite the loss, his performance on the night won him the Man of the Match award from match broadcaster Channel 9.[16] He backed up his performance against the Rabbitohs when he was again one of Manly's leading players in their 34-18 away win over the New Zealand Warriors in Round 6.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140209054720/http://www.rabbitohs.com.au/playerprofiledisplay/Rabbitohs/Apisai%20Koroisau/5653. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Apisai Koroisau - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. 1992-11-07. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Rugby League World Cup squads". NRL.com. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  4. ^ "BBC Sport - Rugby League World Cup 2013: Fiji 32-14 Ireland". Bbc.com. 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  5. ^ "Canberra Raiders Score Upset 30-18 Win over Rabbitohs". Dailytelegrpah.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  6. ^ "Last-gasp Rabbitohs spoil Broncos' party". NRL.com. 2014-04-25. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  7. ^ "South Sydney Rabbitohs Apisai Koroisau Signs With Penrith Panthers | Triple M NRL". Triplem.com.au. 2014-06-03. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  8. ^ "South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2014 Grand Final". Dailytelegrpah.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  9. ^ "Rabbitohs Grand Final Player Ratings". NRL.com. 2014-10-05. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  10. ^ "Rlw Player Ratings: Grand Final". Rugby League Week. 2014-10-05. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  11. ^ "PANTHERS UNVEIL 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 2015-01-24. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  12. ^ "Representative Round team lists". NRL.com. 2015-05-03. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  13. ^ "Official Statement: Apisai Koroisau - Panthers". Penrithpanthers.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  14. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2016-03-05. 
  15. ^ "NRL 2016: Canterbury Bulldogs thrash new-look Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval". Dailytelegraph.com.au. 2015-03-04. Retrieved 2016-03-05. 
  16. ^ "Home | Live Scores & Latest News". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  17. ^ Trbojevic: Our best performance of the season

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