Paul Rauhihi

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Paul Rauhihi
Paul Rauhihi.jpg
Rauhihi playing for Warrington in 2008
Personal information
Full name Paul Maraku Joseph Rauhihi[1]
Born (1973-07-03) 3 July 1973 (age 43)
Porirua, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2][3]
Weight 116 kg (18 st 4 lb)
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1999–01 Newcastle Knights 19 3 0 0 12
2001–02 Canterbury Bulldogs 40 2 0 0 8
2003–05 North Queensland Cowboys 72 6 1 0 26
2006–09 Warrington Wolves 95 12 0 0 48
Total 226 23 1 0 94
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1996–00 New Zealand Māori 3 0 0 0 0
2002–05 New Zealand 17 1 0 0 4
Source: Rugby League Project

Paul Rauhihi (born 3 July 1973 in Porirua, New Zealand) is a retired professional rugby league footballer who represented his country. Rauhihi played in both the National Rugby League and Super League at prop forward.

Playing career[edit]

New Zealand Career[edit]

Rauhihi's junior clubs were the Cottingham Tigers and St George club in Wellington.[4] He then joined the New Zealand Navy and played for the Northcote Tigers and North Harbour Sea Eagles before becoming an Auckland Warriors junior in 1994.[5][6] Rauhihi was part of the Northcote side that won the Fox Memorial in 1994. After leaving the Navy to concentrate on his rugby league career, Rauhihi played in 17 reserve grade games for the Warriors in 1996 and was a part of the Reserve Grade side that lost the 1997 grand final.[7]

In 1998 he played for Taranaki before signing with the Melbourne Storm.[8]

Australian career[edit]

Rauhihi then signed with the Newcastle Knights in 1999. He made his first grade debut against Wests at EnergyAustralia Stadium on 27 June.

He later moved to the Bulldogs.

Rauhihi then moved to the North Queensland Cowboys, winning the club's player of the year award in 2003.[9] He also captained the side due to regular captain Paul Bowman being out with injury in 2004, and also when Travis Norton was out due to injury in 2005. He played at prop forward in the 2005 NRL Grand Final, the Cowboys' first, which they lost to the Wests Tigers.

English career[edit]

Rauhihi moved to England after the 2005 grand final loss, joining the Warrington Wolves where he was given the number 10 jersey. In 2009, after a number of seasons plagued by back injury, Rauhihi retired.

Representative career[edit]

In 1996 Rauhihi played for the New Zealand Māori side that toured PNG and then competed in the Pacific Challenge Series.[10][11] In 2000 he was part of the side in the World Cup.

Between 2002 and 2005 he played in seventeen matches for the New Zealand Kiwis, including captaining the side in the 2004 Tr-nations series due to an injury to Ruben Wiki. He was also part of the 2005 Tri Nations squad that won the competition.


  1. ^ RAUHIHI, PAUL MARAKU JOSEPH 2002 - 2005 - KIWI #696
  2. ^ "Paul Rauhihi". NZRL. Archived from the original on 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  3. ^ "Bulldogs profile". Bulldogs. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  4. ^ Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
  5. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1994, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1994. p.102
  6. ^ League sensation rockets into dilemma with Warriors North Shore Times Advertiser, 11 November 1994. p.p. 95-96.
  7. ^ Rauhihi jumps ship for Warriors Sunday Star-Times, 8 September 1996
  8. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p.144
  9. ^ Honours at
  10. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 292. ISBN 9781869693312. 
  11. ^ Team of the Century - Week 6 Wellington Rugby League

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