Puletua in 2014
8 May 1978 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||186 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||102 kg (16 st 1 lb)|
|Source: The Daily Telegraph|
Frank Puletua (born 8 May 1978) 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.
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 25 April 1998 against the Melbourne Storm. Eligible to represent Samoa, 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.
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- "Samoa name World Cup Squad". League Unlimited. 5 August 2008. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2008.
- "XV Tom Brock Lecture". tombrock.com.au. Tom Brock Bequest Committee. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
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