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Joe Galuvao : biography

8 July 1978 -

Joe Galuvao (born 8 July 1978) is a New Zealand former professional rugby league footballer who played in the National Rugby League. A Samoa and New Zealand international second row forward, he played for the Auckland Warriors, Parramatta Eels, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers, with whom he won the 2003 NRL Premiership, and Manly Sea Eagles, where he was part of the 2011 NRL Premiership winning side.

Representative career

Galuvao has represented the New Zealand national team on four occasions.

Club career

Galuvao was a member of the 2003 NRL premiership-winning Panthers team which defeated the Sydney Roosters in the 2003 NRL grand final. With fellow second-rower Tony Puletua, Galuvao was known as one of the "Hair Bears" and was rated one of the best second-rowers in the world in 2003.

Galuvao joined the Rabbitohs from 2006 on a three-year deal. Galuvao was released in September 2007 after a campaign to encourage him to retire, reportedly being told by Souths to swap "the paddock for the pulpit". by the Rabbitohs to join the Parramatta Eels in the 2008 off season. Galuvao signed a 2 year contract with Parramatta, keeping him with the Eels through the 2009 season. In the 2008 season, he only played in six NRL games for the Eels. In 2009, however he matched that total in the first six games of the season.

In August, 2009, Galuvao extended his playing career by signing a three-year deal with Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. Despite being concussed in a pre-season match, Galuvao made his debut for Manly against his old club Parramatta in Round 2 of the 2010 season.

Career highlights

  • First Grade Debut: 1998 – Round 8, Auckland v Sydney Roosters at Aussie Stadium, 2 May
  • Representative Selection: 2003 – Australia vs New Zealand at Aussie Stadium, 25 July
  • Premierships: 2003 – member of the Grand final winning Penrith Panthers, defeated Sydney Roosters, 18–6. Galuvao won a second premiership when Manly beat the New Zealand Warriors 24-10 in the 2011 NRL Grand Final
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