Bill Tupou

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Not to be confused with Will Tupou or Willie Tupou.
Bill Tupou
BILL TUPOU & SIUATONGA LIKILIKI.jpg
Tupou (left) playing for the Junior Warriors in 2009
Personal information
Full name Pio Bill Tupou
Nickname Mini Beast[1]
Born (1990-07-02) 2 July 1990 (age 26)[2]
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Weight 99 kg (15 st 8 lb)[2]
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–13 New Zealand Warriors 64 31 0 0 124
2014–15 Canberra Raiders 14 3 0 0 12
2015– Wakefield Trinity (Wildcats) 36 4 0 0 16
Total 114 38 0 0 152
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014 Tonga 1 1 0 0 4
Source: [3][4]

Bill Tupou (born 2 July 1990 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a professional rugby league footballer who currently plays in the Super League for Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 1363).

Early years[edit]

Tupou attended Kelston Boys High School and played for the Bay Roskill Vikings and Marist Saints in the Auckland Rugby League competition.

Tupou represented the New Zealand Under-16 side and also represented Auckland Under-16 teams.[5]

Playing career[edit]

With the creation of the Toyota Cup in 2008 Tupou joined the New Zealand Warriors under-20 side and scored 14 tries in 19 games. He repeated this effort in 2009, scoring 14 tries in just 17 games.[6]

Tupou was one of a small group of players still eligible for the side in 2010. In 2010 he trained during the pre-season with the senior side and was named to make his first grade debut for the Warriors on April 4, 2010 against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.[7]

Tupou played 51 Toyota Cup games for the Junior Warriors, scoring thirty seven tries.[8] In 2010 he was picked for the Junior Kiwis.[9]

On 12 October 2011 he was called into the New Zealand Kiwis squad for the Four Nations tournament.

In 2012 Tupou re-signed with the Warriors until the end of the 2014 season.[10]

Tupou joined the Canberra Raiders on the 25 June 2013. He had felt as though he was on the outer with the Warriors under new coach Matt Elliot who had preferred others to him on the wing during the 2013 season.[11]

Tupou joined the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in July 2015. Big Bill is well known by Wakefield Trinity fans and super league fans alike for his aggressive and fearless style of play, a powerful centre[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lowe, Robert (12 August 2010). "Warriors rookie OK with 'Mini Beast' moniker". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bill Tupou Wakefield Wildcats". www.superleague.co.uk. Rugby Football League. 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  3. ^ RLP
  4. ^ Love Rugby League
  5. ^ Official profile Archived June 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Warriors.com.au
  6. ^ Bill TUPOU Archived February 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. rleague.com
  7. ^ Tupou debut, Brown back to face Manly Archived February 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Vodafone Warriors News, 30 March 2010
  8. ^ Bill Tupou Archived October 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. nzleague.co.nz
  9. ^ Nine NYC-winning Warriors named in Jnr Kiwis NRL.com, 6 October 2010
  10. ^ Winger Tupou re-signs with Warriors New Zealand Warriors, 2 May 2012
  11. ^ http://tvnz.co.nz/rugby-league-news/bill-tupou-quits-warriors-join-raiders-5475665
  12. ^ "Bill Tupou joins Wakefield Wildcats from Canberra Raiders". bbc.co.uk. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 

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