|Full name||Kuripitone Tatupu|
July 26, 1969 |
|Mt Albert Lions|
|Source: Rugby League Ptoject|
Kuripitone "Tony" Tatupu is a former New Zealand rugby league player. Tatupu played at Centre and in the Second Row and represented both New Zealand and Western Samoa. Tatupu is the uncle of North Queensland Cowboys centre Matthew Wright (rugby league).
Tony first played for the Mt Albert Lions in the Auckland competition before joining the North Harbour Sea Eagles for the 1994 Lion Red Cup season. Between 1991 and 1993 he played 12 games for Auckland. From there he joined the Auckland Warriors for their inaugural season in the Australian Rugby League competition. Along with Nigel Vagana he joined the Warrington Wolves in the Super League competition in 1997 before returning to the Warriors for another two seasons.
In 2000 he returned to England to finish his career at the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. He stayed with the club during a time of financial turbulence mid way through the 2000 season which saw all players over 24 released and then re-signed on limited wages.
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- Kiwis hold off gallant Aussie police outfit Sunshine Coast Daily, 13 November 2008
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- Worthington, Sam. "Wayne Schwass tips Kiwis to make AFL impact". Stuff.co.nz. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 12 May 2013.