David Fa'alogo : biography
David Fa'alogo (born 9 September 1980) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer for the Newcastle Knights of the National Rugby League. He previously played for Huddersfield Giants and the South Sydney Rabbitohs and has represented the New Zealand Kiwis. He primarily plays second-row, lock and prop but can fill in at centre.
In 2006, Fa'alogo made his international debut for New Zealand against Australia in the ANZAC Test. He played in 4 more games at the end of the season. Fa'alogo was again selected for the ANZAC Test in 2007 and 2008.
In August 2008, Fa'alogo was named in the New Zealand training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, and in October 2008, he was named in the final 24-man Kiwi squad. Fa'alogo played in the New Zealand team that defeated Australia in the final of the 2008 World Cup to claim New Zealand's first title.
In 2011, Fa'alogo was selected in the inaugural Exiles squad for the Rugby League International Origin Match against England at Headingley. He was again selected in 2012.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Fa'alogo played his junior football for the Mount Albert Lions in the Bartercard Cup and Papatoetoe Panthers before being signed by the South Sydney Rabbitohs.Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8 In Round 10 of 2003 NRL season he made his NRL debut for the Rabbitohs against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.http://www.rleague.com//db/player/f/faalogo_david/index.php
In 2006 he won the George Piggins Medal as South Sydney's best and fairest player of the season.
In Round 25 of the 2007 NRL season, Fa'alogo was sin binned against the Sydney Roosters after punching Roosters player Braith Anasta, which resulted in a 7 week suspension from the NRL judiciary.
In 2008, he was sent home from a club trip to Florida, United States and fined $10,000 after punching a member of the public at a taxi rank.http://www.theroar.com.au/2008/02/04/souths-fine-faalogo-for-florida-fight/
In September 2009, he punched coach Jason Taylor during end of season celebrations, knocking him to the ground. He was reportedly provoked by Taylor's 'rough horseplay'http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,26045810-5018866,00.html and had his contract terminated due to the incident.
In May 2009, Fa'alogo signed a 4-year contract with English Super League club Huddersfield Giants starting in 2010.
On 3 October 2012, Fa'alogo signed a 1-year contract with the Newcastle Knights starting in 2013.http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news-display/Knights%20sign%20David%20Fa%E2%80%99alogo/64776
On 22 May 2013, Fa'alogo re-signed with the Knights on a 1-year contract.http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news-display/David-Faalogo-resigns-for-2014/75287
Fa'alogo is of Samoan descent. Fa'alogo's brother, Sala, played for the Widnes Vikings in 2004 and 2005.
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