Pauli Pauli

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Pauli Pauli
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Personal information
Born (1994-08-04) 4 August 1994 (age 24)
Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia
Height195 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight120 kg (18 st 13 lb)
Playing information
PositionSecond-row, Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–15 Parramatta Eels 33 3 0 0 12
2016–17 Newcastle Knights 15 1 0 0 4
2018– Wakefield Trinity 29 9 0 0 36
Total 77 13 0 0 52
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2017 City NSW 1 0 0 0 0
As of 23 August 2018
Source: [1][2]

Pauli Pauli (born 4 August 1994) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a prop or second-row forward for Wakefield Trinity in the Super League. A New South Wales City representative, he previously played for the Parramatta Eels and the Newcastle Knights in the NRL.


Pauli was born in Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia, and is of Samoan descent.[3]

He played his junior rugby league for the Hills District Bulls, before being signed by the Parramatta Eels.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

From 2012 to 2014, Pauli played for the Parramatta Eels' NYC team.[4][5] In August 2012, he played for the Australian Schoolboys.[6] On 5 July 2013, he re-signed with the Eels on a 2-year contract.[7]

Pauli playing for the Wentworthville Magpies


In February, Pauli played for the Eels in the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines.[8] In Round 4 , he made his NRL debut for the Eels against the Penrith Panthers, playing off the interchange bench in the Eels' 32-16 win at Parramatta Stadium.[9][10][11] In Round 8 against the North Queensland Cowboys at 1300SMILES Stadium, he scored his first NRL career try in the Eels' 14-42 loss.[12][13] On 3 May 2014, he played for the New South Wales under-20s team against the Queensland under-20s team, playing in New South Wales' 30-8 win at Penrith Stadium.[14][15][16] He finished off his debut year in the NRL having played in 17 matches and scoring 3 tries for the Eels.[17] On 8 September 2014, he was named in the Samoa train-on squad for the 2014 Four Nations,[18] but did not make the final 23-man squad.[19]


On 31 January and 1 February, Pauli again played in the NRL Auckland Nines.[20] On 11 July, he re-signed with the Eels on a 2-year contract.[21][22] He finished off the 2015 season having played in 16 matches for the Eels.[23]


On 29 January, Pauli signed a 2-year contract with the Newcastle Knights starting effective immediately, after being released from the final 2 years of his Eels contract.[24] In February, he played for the Knights in the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines.[25] In Round 1, he made his club debut for the Knights against the Gold Coast Titans, playing off the interchange bench in the 12-30 loss at Cbus Super Stadium.[26] In Round 12 against his former club the Eels, he scored his first try for the Knights.[27] He finished the 2016 season having played in 15 matches and scoring 1 try.[28]


Pauli was involved in a seven-car pileup on the M1 Pacific Motorway on 18 January 2017, suffering a disolcated hip and was taken to Gosford Hospital.[29]

Whilst continuing his recovery, he featured for the Newcastle side in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW.[30]

Pauli made his representative debut for the New South Wales City side in the final City vs Country Origin match.[31][32]

After continuing to build up fitness in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW, Pauli's season was ended in July after fracturing his fibula in a match.[33] The injury prevented him from playing another game for the Knights as he was not offered a new contract beyond 2017.[34]

On 22 November 2017, it was announced that Pauli had signed a one-year contract with English Super League side Wakefield Trinity with the option of extending for a further season.[35][36]


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  2. ^ "Pauli Pauli - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  3. ^ "Forget Fuifui Moimoi Young Gun Pauli Pauli is the New Cult Hero at Parramatta Eels". Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  4. ^ "P". Nyc Database. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  5. ^ Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "ASSRL Schoolboys rugby league news, Australian Secondary School Rugby League, Australian Schoolboys". Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  7. ^ "Eels announce re-signing of youth". NRL - Zero Tackle. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  8. ^ "SQUADS FOR AUCKLAND NINES". Rugby League Week. Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  9. ^ "NRL 2014 - Round 4". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  10. ^ "Round 4: NRL Late Mail". Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Pauli Pauli to make his debut against Panthers". Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  12. ^ "NRL 2014 - Round 8". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  13. ^ "North Queensland Cowboys thump Parramatta Eels 42-14 at 1300SMILES Stadium". Townsville Bulletin. 2014-04-26. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  14. ^ "NSW U20s ORIGIN SQUAD ANNOUNCED". Rugby League Week. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  15. ^ "WE Reveal the Next generation of Stars Set to Battle it Out in the Under 20s State of Origin Clash". Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  16. ^ "Queensland Lock Luke Bateman Suffers Homophobic Slur in NSW's U20s State of Origin Victory". Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  17. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-11-01. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  18. ^ "Samoa train on squad announced". NRL - Zero Tackle. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  19. ^ "Toa Samoa name Four Nations squad". Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  20. ^ "EELS NAME 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 26 January 2015. Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Eels re-sign seven players | NRL". Zero Tackle. 2015-07-11. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  22. ^ "Parramatta Eels Have Re-Signed Pauli Pauli on a New Two Year Deal". Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  23. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-10-30. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  24. ^ "Knights sign Pauli Pauli | NRL". Zero Tackle. 2014-08-15. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  25. ^ "2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines Official Squads". Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  26. ^ Laine Clark. "Gold Coast Titans grab NRL season opening win against Newcastle Knights". Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  27. ^ "Knights v Eels: Five key points". Retrieved 2016-06-05.
  28. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  29. ^ "Newcastle Knights forward Pauli Pauli involved in horror car crash, NRL season in doubt". Fox Sports. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  30. ^ "Newcastle forward Pauli Pauli never thought he'd play again after car crash". Fox Sports. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  31. ^ "NSW Country vs NSW City". WWOS. 7 May 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  32. ^ Kennedy, Chris (7 May 2017). "City edge past Country for final time".
  33. ^ DILLON, ROBERT (12 July 2017). "Pauli back on crutches after body blow". Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  34. ^ Media, NRL Digital. "Mitch Barnett wins Danny Buderus Medal". Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  35. ^ "Pauli Pauli tipped to provide X-Factor for Wakefield Trinity's attacking intentions". Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  36. ^ "Former NRL forward heading to Super League". Retrieved 23 November 2017.

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