Frank Puletua

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Frank Puletua
Frank Puletua 2008.jpg
Puletua playing for Samoa in 2008
Personal information
Born (1978-05-08) 8 May 1978 (age 38)
Auckland, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb)
Position Prop, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1998–01 Penrith Panthers 31 1 0 0 4
2002–03 South Sydney 26 3 0 0 12
2004–11 Penrith Panthers 121 4 0 0 16
Total 178 8 0 0 32
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000–08 Samoa 7 1 0 0 4
Source: The Daily Telegraph

Frank Puletua (born 8 May 1978 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. A Samoa national representative second-row forward, he played his club football in the National Rugby League for Australian clubs the Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs. His brother is New Zealand and Samoan international Tony Puletua.

Playing career[edit]

Puletua played his junior rugby league for the St Mary's Saints before being signed by the Penrith Panthers. Puletua made his NRL debut for the Penrith Panthers on April 25, 1998 against the Melbourne Storm. Eligible to represent Samoa,[1] Puletua did so in the 2000 World Cup. He played for the Panthers until switching to the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. He then signed with the new Gold Coast Titans but changed his mind and left the club, returning to Penrith. He was named in the Samoa training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[2]


In September 2013 Puletua gave the 15th annual Tom Brock Lecture.[3]


  1. ^ "NRL’s island talent". Samoa Observer. 2008-03-28. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Samoa name World Cup Squad". League Unlimited. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  3. ^ "XV Tom Brock Lecture". Tom Brock Bequest Committee. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 

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