|Fa'alogo playing for New Zealand in 2008|
|Full name||Daniel David Fa'alogo|
9 September 1980 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||102 kg (16 st 1 lb)|
|Position||Second-row, Prop, Lock|
|Source: Rugby League Project|
David Fa'alogo (born 9 September 1980) is a New Zealand retired professional rugby league footballer. He played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League, and the Huddersfield Giants in the Super League. He represented New Zealand and Samoa at international level. He primarily played as a second-rower, prop and lock.
Professional playing career
South Sydney Rabbitohs
In Round 10 of 2003 NRL season Fa'alogo made his NRL debut for the Rabbitohs against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. In 2006, Fa'alogo made his international debut for New Zealand against Australia in the ANZAC Test. He played in 4 more games at the end of the season. In 2006, he won the George Piggins Medal as South Sydney's best and fairest player of the season.
Fa'alogo was selected to play for the New Zealand national team at lock forward in the 2007 ANZAC Test loss against Australia. In Round 25 of the 2007 NRL season, Fa'alogo was sin binned against the Sydney Roosters after punching Roosters player Braith Anasta, which resulted in a 7-week suspension from the NRL judiciary.
In 2008, he was sent home from a club trip to Florida, United States and fined $10,000 after punching a member of the public at a taxi rank. Fa'alogo was again selected for the ANZAC Test again in 2008. In August 2008, Fa'alogo was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, and in October 2008, he was named in the final 24-man Kiwi squad. Fa'alogo played in the New Zealand team that defeated Australia in the final of the 2008 World Cup to claim New Zealand's first title.
In September 2009, he punched coach Jason Taylor during end of season celebrations, knocking him to the ground. He was reportedly provoked by Taylor's 'rough horseplay' and had his contract terminated due to the incident.
In May 2009, Fa'alogo signed a 4-year contract with English Super League club Huddersfield Giants starting in 2010. In 2011, Fa'alogo was selected in the inaugural Exiles squad for the Rugby League International Origin Match against England at Headingley. He was again selected to play for the Exiles in 2012.
On 22 May 2013, Fa'alogo re-signed with the Knights on a 1-year contract.
On 8 September 2014, Fa'alogo was selected for the Samoa Four Nations train-on squad. On 7 October 2014, Fa'alogo was selected in the Samoa national rugby league team final 24-man squad for the 2014 Four Nations series.
On 31 October 2014, Fa'alogo re-signed with the Knights on a 1-year contract.
On 8 August 2015, Fa'alogo announced his immediate retirement from rugby league due to a neck injury. He finished having played 198 games in the NRL.
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