|Born||2 January 1988|
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||106 kg (16 st 10 lb)|
|Position||Lock, Second-row, Five-eighth|
As of 21 April 2019
Joseph Paulo (born 2 January 1988) is a rugby league footballer who plays as a lock, second-row and five-eighth for St Helens in the Super League. A Samoa and United States international, NRL All Stars, and New South Wales City representative, he previously played for the Penrith Panthers, Parramatta Eels and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the NRL.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand to an American Samoan mother, Jane, and a Samoan father, Aukuso, Paulo was raised in Sydney, Australia and is the younger brother of former professional rugby league footballer Junior Paulo. Also of Niuean descent, Paulo attended Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown, and represented the Australian Schoolboys team. As such, he is eligible to represent the national teams of Australia, New Zealand, Niue, Samoa, and the United States.
In round 6, against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Paulo made his NRL debut for the Penrith Panthers, starting at second-row in the 21-20 golden point extra time win at Remondis Stadium. Paulo would go on to play in 8 matches in his debut year, but also played for the Panthers NYC team.
In round 17 of the 2009 season, against the Parramatta Eels, Paulo scored his first NRL career try in the Panthers 38-34 win at Penrith Stadium. Paulo finished the season with him playing in 14 matches and scoring 2 tries. He was named as part of the Samoan side for the Pacific Cup. Paulo played at lock in Samoa’s 20-22 defeat to the Cook Islands at Barlow Park.
Paulo finished the 2010 NRL season with him playing in 7 matches for the Panthers. Paulo again represented Samoa, playing at five-eighth and kicking a goal in Samoa’s 6-50 loss against New Zealand at Mt Smart Stadium.
Paulo only played in 1 match for the Panthers in 2011, in round 15 against the Newcastle Knights. He instead played for the Windsor Wolves in the New South Wales Cup until he made a mid-year transfer to the Parramatta Eels.
In round 20 of the 2011 season, against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Paulo made his club debut for the Eels, coming off the interchange bench in the 8-7 loss at ANZ Stadium. This was Paulo’s only match for the Eels in the 2011, and he spent the rest of the year playing for the Wentworthville Magpies in the New South Wales Cup. At the end of the season, Paulo switched his international allegiance to the United States. Paulo played at five-eighth and lock for the Tomahawks in their 2013 World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Jamaica, kicking 10 goals in the victories.
On 16 June 2012, Paulo re-signed with the Eels, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2014 season. Paulo finished the season having played a full season of first grade, appearing in 23 matches for the Eels in the 2012 NRL season. In round 9 of 2013, against the Brisbane Broncos, Paulo scored his first club try for the Eels in the 19-18 win at Parramatta Stadium. Paulo finished the 2013 NRL season having played in all of the Eels 24 matches, scoring a try and kicking 6 goals. Paulo captained the United States national rugby league team in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, playing at five-eighth, scoring 2 tries and kicking 6 goals in their campaign, in which they reached the quarter finals.
In round 24 of 2014, against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Paulo played his 100th NRL career match in the Eels 22-12 win at Parramatta Stadium. Paulo finished the 2014 NRL season with him playing in all of the Eels 24 matches, scoring a try and kicking 3 goals. On 30 October 2014, Paulo extended his contract with the Eels to the end of the 2016 season after rejecting offers from the Canberra Raiders.
On 13 February 2015, Paulo was selected on the interchange bench for NRL All Stars to play against the Indigenous All Stars in the 2015 All Stars match at Cbus Super Stadium. The NRL All Stars lost 20-6. On 3 May 2015, Paulo played for New South Wales City Origin against New South Wales Country Origin, coming off the interchange bench in the 34-22 loss in Wagga Wagga. After the City vs. Country clash, Paulo was axed to the Wentworthville Magpies due to bad form. Paulo finished the 2015 NRL season having played in 14 matches for the Eels. On 2 November, Paulo was released from the final year of his Eels contract to sign a two-year contract with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks starting in 2016.
On 28 January 2016, Paulo was named in the Sharks 2016 Auckland Nines squad. In round 2 of the 2016 NRL season, Paulo made his club debut for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks against the St George Illawarra Dragons, starting at lock in the Sharks 30-2 win at Southern Cross Group Stadium.
Paulo made 10 appearances for Cronulla in the 2017 NRL season but spent the majority of his playing time with Cronulla's feeder club, the Newtown Jets, in the New South Wales Cup. In 2018, Paulo made 21 appearances for Cronulla as the club reached the preliminary final but fell short of a grand final appearance losing to Melbourne 22-6. This would prove to be Paulo's final game with the club as the player had announced earlier in the season that he was to join St Helens in 2019.
|9 November 2007||Lowerhouse Lane, Widnes||United States||2008 World Cup qualifying|
|9 November 2007||Post Office Road, Featherstone||Lebanon|
|31 October 2008||Penrith Stadium, Sydney||Tonga||2008 World Cup|
|5 November 2008||Parramatta Stadium, Sydney||Ireland|
|9 November 2008||Penrith Stadium, Sydney||France|
|17 October 2009||Barlow Park, Cairns||Cook Islands||2009 Pacific Cup qualifier|
|16 October 2010||Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland||New Zealand|
|24 October 2010||Parramatta Stadium, Sydney||Tonga|
|28 October 2017||Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland||New Zealand||2017 World Cup|
|11 November 2017||Barlow Park, Cairns||Scotland|
|17 November 2017||Marrara Oval, Darwin||Australia|
|15 October 2011||Campbell's Field, Camden||South Africa||2013 World Cup qualifying|
|23 October 2011||Campbell's Field, Camden||Jamaica|
|30 October 2013||Memorial Stadium, Bristol||Cook Islands||2013 World Cup|
|3 November 2013||Racecourse Ground, Wrexham||Wales|
|7 November 2013||Salford City Stadium, Salford||Scotland|
|16 November 2013||Racecourse Ground, Wrexham||Australia|
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