Apisai Koroisau

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Api Koroisau
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Personal information
Full nameApisai Koroisau
Born (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 26)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
Playing information
PositionHooker
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 69 10 3 0 46
Total 99 12 7 0 62
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–17 Fiji 16 0 19 0 38
As of 9 June 2019
Source: [1]

Apisai Koroisau (born 7 November 1992) is a Fijian international rugby league footballer who plays as a hooker and five-eighth for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the NRL. A premiership winner with the Rabbitohs, he plays and previously played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Penrith Panthers.

Background[edit]

Koroisau was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and is of Fijian descent.

He played his junior football for the Berala Bears, before being signed by the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Koroisau played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs NYC team in 2011 and 2012.

2013[edit]

He moved on to the Rabbitohs New South Wales Cup team, the North Sydney Bears at Norths Koroisau made a total of 25 appearances and scored 6 tries in 2013.[3]

In October 2013, Koroisau was named in the Fijian 2013 World Cup squad.[4] Koroisau made his debut for Fiji in Round 1 of the tournament against Ireland in the 32-14 win at Spotland Stadium.[5] Koroisau played in 4 matches in the tournament.

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.[6] 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.[7] On 3 June 2014, Koroisau signed a 2-year contract with the Penrith Panthers starting in 2015.[8] 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.[9][10] Koroisau was rated a 7 out of 10 player rating by Rugby League Week for his performance in the Grand Final.[11] 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.[12] On 2 May 2015, he played for Fiji against Papua New Guinea in the 2015 Melanesian Cup.[13] 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.[14] He finished off his one and only season with the Panthers having playing in 16 matches, scoring 1 try and kicking 4 goals.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

2017[edit]

In the 2017 NRL season, Koroisau played 23 games, scored 3 tries and kicked 1 goal for the Sea Eagles. He was selected in the Prime Minister's XIII in the 48-8 win over Papua New Guinea at PNG Football Stadium. Koroisau was selected in the Fiji 24-man squad in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup campaign. He played 5 matches and kicked 13 goals.

2018[edit]

Koroisau made 13 appearances for Manly in 2018 as the club endured a horrid season on and off the field narrowly avoiding the wooden spoon by 2 competition points.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Apisai Koroisau - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. 7 November 1992. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  2. ^ "The NRL Club Network site of the South Sydney Rabbitohs - Apisai Koroisau". Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.ssralmanac.com/mobile/pastplayers_bears.htm
  4. ^ "Rugby League World Cup squads". NRL.com. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  5. ^ "BBC Sport - Rugby League World Cup 2013: Fiji 32-14 Ireland". Bbc.com. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Canberra Raiders Score Upset 30-18 Win over Rabbitohs". Dailytelegrpah.com.au. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Last-gasp Rabbitohs spoil Broncos' party". NRL.com. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  8. ^ "South Sydney Rabbitohs Apisai Koroisau Signs With Penrith Panthers | Triple M NRL". Triplem.com.au. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  9. ^ "South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2014 Grand Final". Dailytelegrpah.com.au. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Rabbitohs Grand Final Player Ratings". NRL.com. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Rlw Player Ratings: Grand Final". Rugby League Week. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  12. ^ "PANTHERS UNVEIL 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 24 January 2015. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Representative Round team lists". NRL.com. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Official Statement: Apisai Koroisau - Panthers". Penrithpanthers.com.au. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  16. ^ "NRL 2016: Canterbury Bulldogs thrash new-look Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval". Dailytelegraph.com.au. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Home | Live Scores & Latest News". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  18. ^ Trbojevic: Our best performance of the season
  19. ^ "Manly Warringah Sea Eagles season 2018 review: They didn't know how to manage the players who 'walk to a different beat'". www.foxsports.com.au.

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