Brad Takairangi

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Brad Takairangi
Brad Takairangi.jpg
Personal information
Born (1989-06-14) 14 June 1989 (age 27)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
Playing information
Position Centre, Second-row, Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–12 Sydney Roosters 29 3 0 0 12
2013–14 Gold Coast Titans 39 8 0 0 32
2015– Parramatta Eels 42 9 0 0 36
Total 110 20 0 0 80
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–13 Cook Islands 5 1 3 0 10
Source: [1]

Brad Takairangi (born 14 June 1989) is an Australian rugby league player who currently plays for the Parramatta Eels of the National Rugby League. Takairangi is a utility player, having filled roles at lock, second-row, centre and five-eighth. A Cook Islands international representative, Takairangi previously played for the Sydney Roosters between 2010 and 2012 and the Gold Coast Titans in 2013 and 2014.

Early life[edit]

Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Takairangi is of Cook Islands and Māori descent.

Playing career[edit]

Takairangi played his junior football with the Cronulla-Caringbah Sharks before being signed the South Sydney Rabbitohs. In 2009, Takairangi made his international debut for the Cook Islands, kicking 3 conversions in a 22-20 defeat of Samoa.[2]

2010[edit]

Takairangi played in the Rabbitohs NYC team in 2008 and 2009, before being signed by the Sydney Roosters in February 2010.[3] In round 2, he made his NRL debut for the Roosters against the Wests Tigers off the interchange bench in the 44-32 win at the SFS.[4] Takairangi played in one other match during the season.

2011[edit]

On 25 August, Takairangi signed an extension with the Roosters which would keep him there until the end of the 2013 season.[5] In round 24, against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, he scored first NRL career try in the Roosters 36-25 win at the SFS.[6] Takairangi finished the year with 2 tries from 11 matches.

2012[edit]

Takairangi played in 16 matches and scored a try for the Roosters in the 2012 NRL season.

2013[edit]

On 5 February, Takairangi signed with the Gold Coast Titans on a 3-year-deal, as part of an attempt by the Sydney Roosters to lure Luke O'Donnell back to the club. In round 1, Takairangi made his club debut for the Titans against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks by playing at centre in the Titans 10-12 loss at Remondis Stadium.[7] In round 11, against the Parramatta Eels, he scored his first club try for the Titans in the 42-4 win at Mudgee Oval.[8] Takairangi finished the NRL season with 18 matches and 5 tries. He then played for the Cook Islands in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.[9] He played in 3 matches and scored a try during the tournament.

2014[edit]

In February, Takairangi played in the Titans inaugural Auckland Nines squad.[10] He finished the season with 21 appearances and 3 tries for the Titans. On 9 September, Takairangi was selected for the New Zealand Kiwis 2014 Four Nations train-on squad, but didn't make the final 24-man squad.[11] On 19 September, Takairangi agreed to sign a 3-year deal with the Wests Tigers, starting from the 2015 season.[12][13] However, the Tigers back-flipped on Takairangi's deal, leaving him off contract for the 2015 season. On 30 October, he signed with the Parramatta Eels on a one-year deal.[14]

2015[edit]

On 26 January, Takairangi was named in the Eels Auckland Nines squad.[15] In round 1, he made his club debut for the Eels against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at centre, scoring a try in the 42-12 win at Parramatta Stadium.[16] On 4 April, Takairangi re-signed with the Eels for a further 2 years.[17] In round 22, against the Penrith Panthers, he suffered a season ending foot injury.[18][19] Takairangi finished his first year with the Eels with him playing in 17 matches and scoring 4 tries.

2016[edit]

In round 22 against Manly, Takairangi played his 100th NRL career match in the Eels 10-9 win at Parramatta Stadium[20][21] Takairangi finished the season with him playing in 17 matches and scoring 4 tries. He later extended his contract with the Eels until the end of the 2019 season.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brad Takairangi - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  2. ^ "Cook Islands progress to Pacific Cup". NRL.com. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  3. ^ "Brian's Bro Mance". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  4. ^ "Roosters Defeat Tigers 44-32". Foxpsorts.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  5. ^ "Takairangi signs new two year deal". Zero Tackle. 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  6. ^ Daniel Lane. "Hail Mary play at death answers Roosters' prayers". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  7. ^ "Passion Filled Cronulla Sharks Nab Gold Coast Titans in Nailbiter". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  8. ^ "Titans Hammer Eels in NRL Round 11". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  9. ^ "Cook Islands Announce Squad For Rugby League World Cup | NRL". Triple M. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  10. ^ "Squads For Auckland Nines". Rugby League Week. 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  11. ^ "Six players added to Kiwis squad | Radio New Zealand News". Radionz.co.nz. 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  12. ^ "Titans lose utility Takairangi to Wests Tigers | NRL". Zero Tackle. 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  13. ^ "Titans Lose Utility Brad Takairangi to Wests Tigers; Beau Henry Talking to Parramatta". Couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  14. ^ "Eels announce five signings for 2015 | NRL". Zero Tackle. 2014-10-30. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  15. ^ "EELS NAME 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 2015-01-26. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  16. ^ "Eels v Sea Eagles : Anthony Watmough in the Thick i=of it as Parramatta Thrash Manly 42-12". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  17. ^ "Eels Re-Sign John Folau and Brad Takairangi for Two Years; Bureta Faraimo Extends for 12 Months". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  18. ^ "Brad Takairangi Ruled Out For Year as Parramatta Eels Injury Crisis Worsens". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  19. ^ "2015 Penrith's Season Slumps to New Low as Parramatta Escape with a Six Point Win in Darwin". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  20. ^ Media, NRL Digital. "Takairangi: Playing for pride in his 100th NRL game". 
  21. ^ "Live NRL: Parramatta Eels v Manly Sea Eagles scores, blog, updates, news". 5 August 2016. 
  22. ^ "Takairangi re-signs with Eels". 

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