Sitaleki Akauola

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Sitaleki Akauola
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Akauola playing for the Tigers in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Sitaleki-Moala Akau'ola[1]
Born (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 23)
Manurewa, New Zealand
Height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)
Playing information
Position second-row, wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–14 Wests Tigers 11 1 0 0 4
2016– Penrith Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
Total 11 1 0 0 4
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014 Tonga 1 0 0 0 0
As of 21 October 2014
Source: Rugby League Project

Sitaleki Akauola (born 7 April 1992) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League. He primarily plays at second-row, but can also fill in on the wing and previously played for the Wests Tigers.

Background[edit]

Born in Manurewa, New Zealand, Akauola played his junior rugby league for the Manurewa Marlins, and was in the New Zealand Warriors junior system before being signed by the Wests Tigers.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2012, Akauola played for the Wests Tigers' NYC team.[2][3] "The Auckland Rugby League from New Zealand got me a trial with the Tigers out in Campbelltown. Two weeks after that I had a trial with NYC," he said.[4] He played from the bench and set up two tries as the Tigers won the 2012 NYC Grand Final.[5]

2013[edit]

In Round 5 of the 2013 NRL season, Akauola made his NRL debut for the Tigers against the Melbourne Storm.[6][7][8] It would be his only appearance for the season.[9]

2014[edit]

On 29 July, Akauola re-signed with the Tigers on a 2-year contract.[10][3] Mid-season, he played a string of games from the bench and in the second row. Towards the end of the 2014 season, he played four games on the wing, showing his versatility.[11]

2015[edit]

After playing no first grade games for the season, Akauola signed a contract with the Penrith Panthers in September.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tonga's fight to stand alone". NRL - The official site of the National Rugby League - NRL.com. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "A". NYC DATABASE. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Akauola re-signs with Wests Tigers - Tigers". Wests Tigers. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Encarnaclon, Matt (1 September 2014). "Akauola's re-signing makes huge impact". NRL.com. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Wests Tigers 2012 NYC Toyota Cup Premiers". rleague.com. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Shawn Dollin and Andrew Ferguson (20 August 2015). "NRL 2013". Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sitaleki Akauola player results, scores, news and statistics". Rleague.com. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Team Changes: Wests Tigers vs Melbourne Storm". Wests Tigers. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013. [dead link]
  9. ^ Shawn Dollin and Andrew Ferguson (29 August 2015). "Custom Match List". Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Akauola re-signs with Wests Tigers". NRL - Zero Tackle. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Shawn Dollin and Andrew Ferguson (29 August 2015). "Custom Match List". Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  12. ^ Danny Weidler (20 September 2015). "Jarryd Hayne humility leads to big four-year deal with financial company". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 

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