Nolan Tupaea

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Nolan Tupaea
Personal information
Full name Nolan John Kotahitanga o te Hau Tupaea
Playing information
Position Stand-off
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1970–1979 St. George (WRL)
1973–1974 Wigan 0 0 0 0 0
1980–1985 Petone (WRL)
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1971–1985 Wellington 64
1976 North Island
1979–1982 Central Districts
1980 New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0
1983 New Zealand Māori
Source: [1]

Nolan John Kotahitanga o te Hau Tupaea is a New Zealand former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s. He played at representative level for New Zealand (#557), and Wellington, as a Stand-off, i.e. number 6.[2][3][4]

Playing career[edit]

Tupaea played for the St. George club and the Petone Panthers in the Wellington Rugby League competition. Tupaea played for St. George between 1970 and 1979, being part of a premiership winning side in 1977. He spent 1973-74 season playing for Wigan, although he did not play in a first grade match. In 1979 he moved to Petone, winning premierships in 1980, 1981 and 1982. He was also part of their 1982 victory in the National Club Cup.[5]

Representative career[edit]

Tupaea represented Wellington, playing 64 matches between 1971 and 1985. He was selected for the Kiwi Colts in 1973 for a match against Queensland. In 1976 he represented the North Island against the touring Sydney Metropolitan side.[6]

Tupaea played for the Central Districts side in their first five years of the New Zealand Rugby League's district competition. The side won the competition in 1979, 1980 and 1982.[5]

He represented the New Zealand Kiwis in 1980 on their tour of Great Britain and France. He didn't play a test match, but he did play in 11 games for the Kiwis, scoring three tries. In 1983 he toured Britain again, this time with the New Zealand Māori side.[5]


Tupaea was named as the Stand-off in the Petone Panthers' Team of the Century in 2012.[7]


  1. ^ Nolan Tupaea
  2. ^ "Roll of Honour at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Past Kiwis → T at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Profile at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Team of the Century -Week 4 Wellington Rugby League
  6. ^ Air New Zealand Rugby League Annual 1977 New Zealand Rugby League, 1977. p.p.10-11.
  7. ^ "Petone Rugby League marks its 100th year". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.