Mickey Paea

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Mickey Paea
Mickey Paea Newcastle.jpg
Personal information
Born (1986-03-25) 25 March 1986 (age 31)
Auburn, New South Wales, Australia
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 107 kg (16 st 12 lb)[1]
Playing information
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005–08 Sydney Roosters 22 1 0 0 4
2009 St. George Illawarra 6 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Canterbury Bulldogs 28 1 0 0 4
2012–13 Hull Kingston Rovers 54 6 0 0 24
2014–15 Hull F.C. 42 3 0 0 12
2016– Newcastle Knights 15 0 0 0 0
Total 167 11 0 0 44
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–13 Tonga 12 1 0 0 4
2013 Exiles 1 1 0 0 4
As of 6 August 2016
Source: [2]

Mickey Paea (born 25 March 1986) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League. He plays at prop. He previously played for the Sydney Roosters, St. George Illawarra Dragons, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the National Rugby League, and the Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull F.C. in the Super League.

Background[edit]

Born in Auburn, New South Wales, Paea is of Tongan descent and played his junior football for the Minto Cobras, before being signed by the Sydney Roosters.

Paea is the younger brother of former Sydney Roosters players Lopini Paea and Lelea Paea.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Sydney Roosters[edit]

In Round 15 of the 2005 NRL season, Paea made his NRL debut for the Roosters against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Toyota Park.[4]

Although only playing 4 games for the Roosters in 2005, Paea went on to captain the Junior Kangaroos[5] and claimed the Junior Rep Player of the Year at the Roosters awards night.

In 2006, Paea made his international debut for Tonga against Samoa.[6]

In August 2008, Paea was named in the Tongan training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup,[7] and in October 2008 he was named in the final 24-man squad.[8]

St. George Illawarra Dragons[edit]

On 16 September 2008, Paea signed a 1-year contract with the St. George Illawarra Dragons starting in 2009.[9][10] He made his Dragons debut in Townsville, in Round 9 of the 2009 NRL season against the North Queensland Cowboys.[11]

On 23 May 2009, Paea was the subject of a controversial racial vilification dispute with Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks captain, Paul Gallen, late in the local derby played between the Dragons and Sharks. Gallen, who took objection to Paea accidentally stepping on his hand in a tackle, got up and called Paea a "black cunt".[12] Paea's angry response was caught by television cameras and microphones, but he did not wish to take the matter further after the match.[13] After the match, Paea said, "But then something told me to just forget about it and to just move on. Things happen on the field and you don't want to get too personal about it. But I've been getting different kinds of reactions. After the game I had my church friends sending me messages saying, 'You handled it really well, it was very Kingdom the way you dealt with it'. Then I had other mates saying, 'You should have smashed him'."

Nevertheless, the NRL decided to step in and issued a $10,000 fine to Gallen.[14][15]

Paea playing for the Bulldogs

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs[edit]

On 13 August 2009, Paea signed a 2-year contract with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs starting in 2010.[16] He went on to make 16 appearances in 2010 and 12 appearances in 2011.[17]

Hull Kingston Rovers[edit]

On 6 October 2011, Paea signed a 2-year contract with the Hull Kingston Rovers to move to the Super League starting in 2012.[18]

In October and November, Paea played for Tonga in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.[19]

Hull F.C.[edit]

On 28 June 2013, Paea signed a 2-year contract with Hull KR's cross-town rivals Hull F.C. starting in 2014.[20]

Newcastle Knights[edit]

On 22 May 2015, Paea signed a 2-year contract with the Newcastle Knights starting in 2016, to return to the National Rugby League after four years in England.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hull 1st Team Mickey Paea". Hull FC. Hull FC. 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Mickey Paea - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  3. ^ "Rugby league: Mickey and Lopini Paea to face off in first match of 2013". Hull Daily Mail. 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  4. ^ "NRL 2005 - Round 15". Rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  5. ^ "The Official Hull FC Website". Hullfc.com. 1986-03-25. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  6. ^ "NRL's island talent". Samoa Observer. 2008-03-28. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  7. ^ "Tug-of-war over Mason". Sky Sports. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  8. ^ "Samoa, Tonga and Fiji name squads". BBC. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  9. ^ "Mickey Paea signs NRL deal with Dragons". Wwos.ninemsn.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  10. ^ "2009 NRL Player Movements". NRL Live. 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  11. ^ "NRL 2009 - Round 9". Rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  12. ^ "Paea urged to speak up on racial slur". Sydney Morning Herald. 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  13. ^ "Paea plays down Gallen bust-up". Sydney Morning Herald. 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  14. ^ "Gallop stands by Gallen breach notice". Sydney Morning Herald. 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  15. ^ "Cronulla Sharks to sack skipper Paul Gallen". Daily Telegraph. 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  16. ^ "Bulldogs sign young talent". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  17. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  18. ^ "BBC Sport - Hull KR sign forward Mickey Paea from Canterbury". Bbc.com. 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  19. ^ "Tonga Names Rugby League World Cup 2013 Squad | News". Triplem.com.au. 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  20. ^ "The Official Hull FC Website". Hullfc.com. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  21. ^ "Knights announce Paea signing - Knights". Newcastleknights.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 

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