Tepai Moeroa

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Tepai Moeroa
Tepai Moeroa.jpg
Moeroa playing for the Wentworthville Magpies in 2014
Personal information
Born (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 23)
Avarua, Cook Islands
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 111 kg (17 st 7 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Lock

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014– Parramatta Eels 90 8 0 0 32
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
2017 World All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
As of 4 March 2018
Source: [1]

Tepai Moeroa (born 2 October 1995) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League. Moeroa primarily plays as a second-row and lock forward. Moeroa is a Prime Minister's XIII and World All Stars representative.

Background[edit]

Moeroa was born in Avarua, Cook Islands. He moved to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as a 5-year old.

He played his junior rugby league for the Colyton Colts, St Clair Comets[2] and Seven Hills Kangaroos. He was educated at Newington College before being signed by the Penrith Panthers.

Playing career[edit]

After playing with the Penrith Panthers, Moeroa joined the Parramatta Eels. Moeroa played for the Eels' Harold Matthews Cup team in 2010 and the S. G. Ball Cup team in 2011. In 2011, Moeroa played for the New South Wales under 16s team and was selected for the under 18s team in 2013 but had to withdraw because of rugby union commitments.[3] In 2012, Moeroa played for the Australian Schoolboys rugby union team in 2013, along with the Australian rugby sevens team. Moeroa received 9 caps over two years playing for Australian Schoolboys, the third highest number of caps equal with Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale.[4] Moeroa played for the Parramatta Eels NYC team in 2013 and 2014. Moeroa has been compared with Sonny Bill Williams, who is also a cross-code athlete.[5][6]

2014[edit]

In Round 18 of the 2014 NRL season, Moeroa made his NRL debut for the Parramatta Eels against the New Zealand Warriors playing off the interchange bench in the Eels 48–0 loss at Mt Smart Stadium.[7][8] In his next match in Round 19 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Moeroa scored his first NRL career try in the Eels' 12-32 loss at Parramatta Stadium.[9] On 24 July 2014, Moeroa re-signed with the Eels on a 3-year contract to the end of the 2017 season after Super Rugby clubs Waikato Chiefs and New South Wales Waratahs were trying to sign him to return to rugby union.[10][11] Moeroa finished off his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 9 matches and scoring 3 tries for the Eels in the 2014 NRL season. On 2 September 2014, Moeroa was named at second-row in the NYC team of the year.[12] In late September 2014, Moeroa was contacted by New Zealand Kiwis officials asking about his international intentions, wanting to include him in the Kiwis squad for the 2014 Four Nations, although Moeroa turned down the opportunity to pursue his dream of representing New South Wales in State of Origin and Australia and his country of birth Cook Islands.[13] On 18 December 2014, Moeroa was selected in the Emerging Blues Camp by Laurie Daley, identifying him as well as 21 others as potential future New South Wales State of Origin players.[14][15]

2015[edit]

On 31 January and 1 February, Moeroa played for the Eels in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[16] On 2 May, Moeroa played for the Junior Kangaroos against Junior Kiwis,[17] starting at second-row, scoring a try and being named Man of the Match in the Kangaroos' 22-20 win at Cbus Super Stadium.[18] He finished off the 2015 season having played in 19 matches and scoring 1 try for the Eels.[19] On 26 September, he played for the Prime Minister's XIII against Papua New Guinea, playing at second-row in his team's 40-12 win at Port Moresby.[20][21][22]

2016[edit]

On 1 February, Moeroa was named in the Eels' 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[23] Moeroa finished the 2016 NRL season with him playing in 22 matches for the Eels.

2017[edit]

In February 2017, Moeroa was named in the Eels 2017 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[24] On 10 February 2017, Moeroa played in the 2017 All Stars match for the World All Stars against the Indigenous All Stars where he started at lock in the 34-8 loss at Hunter Stadium.[25]. Moeroa was part of the parramatta side which finished fourth in the regular season but were eliminated in the finals series losing to Melbourne and North Queensland. On 19 December 2017, Moeroa was named in the emerging blues squad by coach Brad Fittler[26].

2018[edit]

Moeroa started the 2018 season at Lock and played the first six games of the season until suffering a serious concussion in Round 6 and was ruled out for 2 weeks[27]. On 2 June 2018, Moeroa was placed on report after using an illegal shoulder charge against Newcastle player Chris Heighington in Parramatta's 30-4 defeat. On 4 June 2018, Moeroa was suspended for 3 matches after taking an early guilty plea[28]. In total, Moeroa made 19 appearances for Parramatta as the club endured a horror season finishing in last place on the table and claiming its 14th wooden spoon.[29][30]

Shot put[edit]

Moeroa is a national age group shot put champion. He holds many state-age shot put records and is ranked third in Australia for under 20s.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tepai Moeroa - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  2. ^ "How Parramatta Eels hung onto young gun Tepai Moeroa despite lure of rugby and Olympics". Dailytelegraph.com.au. 2014-08-29. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
  3. ^ a b "Waratahs, Chiefs chase Parramatta Eels debutant Tepai Moeroa". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  4. ^ "Australia: Rugby's 'next big thing', Tepai Moeroa, set for NRL debut with Parramatta Eels | Live Rugby Article". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  5. ^ "Rugby's 'next big thing' set for NRL debut". ESPN. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  6. ^ Adrian Proszenko (11 July 2014). "Waratahs, Chiefs chase Parramatta Eels debutant Tepai Moeroa". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  7. ^ "NRL Late Mail: Round 18 - Eels". Parraeels.com.au. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  8. ^ "New Zealand WArriors Have Beaten the Parramatta Eels 48-0". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  9. ^ "Rabbitohs Have Beaten Eels 32-12". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  10. ^ "Young Gun Re-Signs with the Eels - Eels". Parraeels.com.au. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  11. ^ "Eels re-sign 'the next Hindmarsh'". NRL.com. 2014-07-24. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  12. ^ "Holden Cup Team Of The Year Announced". Rugby League Week. 2 September 2014. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  13. ^ Adrian Proszenko (2014-10-04). "NRL finally considers Churchill family's treasures". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  14. ^ "Peats and Moeroa named in 2015 Emerging Blues camp - Eels". Parraeels.com.au. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  15. ^ "NSW ANNOUNCE 2015 EMERGING BLUES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  16. ^ "EELS NAME 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 26 January 2015. Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Representative Round team lists". NRL.com. 2015-04-28. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  18. ^ "Junior Roos hold on in thriller". NRL.com. 2015-05-02. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  19. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-11-30. Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  20. ^ "Merrin to lead Prime Minister's XIII". NRL.com. 2015-09-15. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  21. ^ "Moeroa confirmed in PM's XIII - Eels". Parraeels.com.au. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  22. ^ Tom Decent. "Australian Prime Minister's XIII beat Papua New Guinea 40-12 in Port Moresby". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  23. ^ "Eels name 2016 Nines squad". Rugby League Week. Archived from the original on 4 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  24. ^ "2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines squads". nrl.com. 4 February 2017.
  25. ^ Paul Crawley (February 10, 2017). "Indigenous All Stars thump World All Stars 34-8 in Newcastle". dailytelegraph.com.au.
  26. ^ https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/12/19/2018-emerging-blues-squad-named/
  27. ^ https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/eels-upset-over-arthur-locker-room-claims-20180503-p4zd1v.html
  28. ^ https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/tepai-moeroa-jack-gosiewski-cop-suspensions-for-ugly-round-13-shoulder-charges/news-story/a892a98595ea1dd143f34d7910d23659
  29. ^ https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/teams/eels/parramatta-eels-season-2018-review-peter-sterlings-biggest-fear-after-horror-campaign/news-story/14f79c1c637fa8d03bbfa6d6b63b55f1
  30. ^ http://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/matches/Custom/Ny0xNzE3LTQtLS0tLS0yMDg2NC0tLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0=

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