Bubba Lau'ese

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Bubba Lau'ese
Personal information
Born (1983-09-13) 13 September 1983 (age 33)
Southland, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand / Samoan
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
High school Onehunga (Auckland, New Zealand)
Playing career 2010–2011
Position Power forward
Career history
2010–2011 Southland Sharks

Barry "Bubba" Lau'ese (born 13 September 1983) is a New Zealand-Samoan former professional basketball player.

Early life[edit]

Lau'ese was born in Invercargill, Southland as Barry Papalii where he attended Surrey Park Primary School. He moved to Auckland, however, for secondary school where he attended Onehunga High School. It was here that he first started playing basketball; rugby, however, was still his true passion.[1]

Rugby Union[edit]

In 2007, Lau'ese narrowly missed out on the Samoan national squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup and later played second division rugby in Wales and France.[1]

In 2009, Lau'ese was lured back to Invercargill by Rugby Southland and the Excelsior Rugby Club.[1][2]


In February 2010, Lau'ese signed with the Southland Sharks for the 2010 New Zealand NBL season.[1][3] In July 2010, he joined the Southland Flyers for the 2010 Conference Basketball League competition held in Porirua.[4] He re-joined the Sharks for the 2011 season but did not play for them throughout the year.


In 2010, he changed his surname back to his family name of Lau'ese.[1]

Outside sport, Lau'ese is a probation officer at the Corrections Department.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Egan, Brendon (5 February 2010). "Big Bubba 'stoked' to land Sharks spot". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Savory, Logan (20 May 2009). "Town, Country squads named". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Egan, Brendon (2 February 2010). "Trials end with five more players on roster". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "2010 Conference Basketball League" (PDF). Basketball.org.nz. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 January 2015. 

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