Penani Manumalealii

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Penani Manumalealii
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Manumalealii playing for the Sharks in 2013.
Personal information
Born (1992-06-14) 14 June 1992 (age 25)
Apia, Samoa
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 80 kg (12 st 8 lb)
Playing information
Position Halfback, Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014 Cronulla-Sutherland 2 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–14 Samoa 4 4 0 0 16
As of 3 May 2014

Penani Manumalealii (born 14 June 1992) is a Samoan professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Newtown Jets in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW, having previously played for the Cronulla Sharks and the Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League.[1] He primarily plays at halfback and five-eighth.

Early years[edit]

Born in Apia, Samoa, Manumalealii was raised in New Zealand and attended Hornby high school while playing his junior football for the Hornby Panthers.

Playing career[edit]

As a 16-year-old, Manumalealii moved to Sydney, Australia to play for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.[2] He played for the Sharks' NYC team from 2010 to 2012[3][4] before moving on to the Sharks' New South Wales Cup team in 2013.[5]

In Round 2 of the 2014 NRL season, Manumalealii made his NRL debut for the Sharks against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.[6]

On 20 March 2014, Manumalealii signed a contract with the Wests Tigers effective immediately for the rest of the season.[7]

At the end of the 2016 season, Manumalealii was not re-signed by the Wests Tigers, instead signing with the Newtown Jets.

Representative career[edit]

In 2012, Manumalealii played for the Junior Kiwis.[8][9]

In 2013, Manumalealii was named in the Samoa squad for the World Cup.[10] He scored a try in their opening match against New Zealand.

In May 2014, Penani played for Samoa in the 2014 Pacific Rugby League International. He scored three tries in Samoa's 32-16 victory. He dedicated those tries to his mother who had died months earlier. The game also showed respect to his mother by having a moment of silence before the national anthems.[citation needed]

On 8 September 2014, Manumalealii was selected for the Samoa Four Nations train-on squad.[11] On 7 October 2014, Manumalealii was selected in the Samoa national rugby league team final 24 man squad for the 2014 Four Nations series.[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://leagueunlimited.com/news/leagueunlimited-isp-nsw-teams-2017-round-6/
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140317151747/http://www.sharks.com.au/team/profiles/penani-manumalealii.html. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130918012906/http://rleague.com/players/penani-manumalealii_3069/Stats/. Archived from the original on 18 September 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20131029195832/http://www.sharks.com.au/news-display/Young%20Sharks%20stun%20Souths/61974. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140214131723/http://www.nswrl.com.au/default.aspx?s=article-display&id=84019. Archived from the original on 14 February 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Late Mail - Sharks v Bulldogs". Sharks.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  7. ^ "Wests Tigers sign Manumalealii - Tigers". Weststigers.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130130142458/http://www.rleague.com/content/article.php?id=45763. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Junior Kiwis named for curtainraiser". Stuff.co.nz. 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  10. ^ "Rugby League World Cup 2013". Rlwc2013.com. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  11. ^ "Samoa train on squad announced | NRL". Zero Tackle. 2014-09-08. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  12. ^ "Toa Samoa name Four Nations squad". NRL.com. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  13. ^ "Toa Samoa name Four Nations squad | NRL". Zero Tackle. 2014-10-07. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 

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