Misi Taulapapa

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Misi Taulapapa
Misi Taulapapa Fev.jpg
Personal information
Full nameMisi Taulapapa
Born (1982-01-25) 25 January 1982 (age 37)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
Playing information
PositionFullback, Wing, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006 New Zealand Warriors 5 0 0 0 0
2007–09 Cronulla Sharks 33 7 0 0 28
2010–15 Sheffield Eagles 168 70 0 0 280
2016–18 Featherstone Rovers 66 26 0 0 104
2019– Newcastle Thunder 10 6 0 0 24
Total 282 109 0 0 436
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008 Samoa 2 2 0 0 8
As of 14 June 2019
Source: [1][2]

Misi Taulapapa (born (1982-01-25)25 January 1982) is a Samoan international rugby league footballer who plays for Newcastle Thunder in the Betfred League One.

He has previously played professionally in Australia and England. Taulapapa's position of choice is on the Wing.

Early years[edit]

Taulapapa was born Auckland, New Zealand.

He originally played rugby union for the Waitemata Football club, in the Auckland Rugby Union competition. He played with Waitemata when they won the Gallagher Shield in 2003. Taulapapa also represented the Kelston Boys High School's First XV in both regional and national tournaments.

Playing career[edit]

Taulapapa switched to rugby league in 2004. Taulapapa was selected to play in the Bartercard Cup competition for the Marist Richmond Brothers from where he was picked up by the New Zealand Warriors.[3]

Taulapapa played in six matches for the New Zealand Warriors in 2006 before he was released mid-season for turning up to a training session intoxicated.[4][5]

After being released by the Warriors halfway through the 2006 season he moved to Queensland to finish the season at the Central Comets.[6]

Cronulla-Sutherland[edit]

Taulapapa signed with the Cronulla Sharks in 2007. Here he played as a solid winger and was a fringe NRL player. Taulapapa made 19 appearances for the club in 2008 as Cronulla finished 3rd on the table.

Taulapapa playing for Samoa in 2008

Taulapapa scored a hat trick in the 2008 qualifying finals game against the Canberra Raiders. 2 weeks later, Taulapapa played on the wing for Cronulla in their 28-0 preliminary final defeat against Melbourne.[7]

Move to England[edit]

Taulapapa originally signed with the Gateshead Thunder for the 2010 season.[8] However the club had financial difficulties which voided Taulapapa's contract. He eventually signed with the Sheffield Eagles.[9] After starting on the wing, he moved to full back after a long term injury ruled out the player in that position. He also took on the captaincy and by the end of the season was one of the stand out players for the Eagles, scoring a hat trick in a win over Leigh Centurions.[10] two weeks later, against the same opponents in the play-offs, he suffered a broken leg that ruled him out for the remainder of the 2010 season.[11]

Later years[edit]

In August 2011 Taulapapa signed to Super League club Hull Kingston Rovers. However, after his signature had been announced, Hull KR appointed a new manager - Craig Sandercock - who subsequently decided that Taulapapa did not fit into his plans for the 2012 season. Taulapapa was released from his contract with Hull KR, without having played a single game, and re-signed for Sheffield, and later signed for Featherstone Rovers (captain) (Heritage № 1040). He would move to play for Newcastle Thunder for the 2019 season.

Representative career[edit]

Taulapapa was a part of the Samoa squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[12][13]

In 2009 he was named as part of the Samoan side for the Pacific Cup.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Misi Taulapapa Player Stats".
  2. ^ Misi Taulapapa at the Rugby League Project
  3. ^ Jessup, Peter (29 June 2004). "Rugby League: Aucklanders must back up after NSW Country clash". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Five Warriors off-field indiscretions".
  5. ^ "NZ Warriors sack young winger Taulapapa - Breaking News - Sport - Breaking News".
  6. ^ "League: Sacked Warrior running out of chances". 10 June 2006 – via New Zealand Herald.
  7. ^ "A history of heartbreak: Cronulla Sharks' tale of woe in NRL finals". www.smh.com.au.
  8. ^ [1] Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Samoan star joins Eagles". thestar.co.uk.
  10. ^ "Championship round-up - week 22". BBC News. 19 August 2010.
  11. ^ "Championship play-offs round-up". BBC News. 5 September 2010.
  12. ^ "Samoa, Tonga and Fiji name squads". BBC. 8 October 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  13. ^ "Samoa name World Cup Squad". League Unlimited. 5 August 2008. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2008.
  14. ^ Poching names strong Samoan squad therhinos.co.uk, 6 October 2009

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