Tony Puletua : biography
Anthony (Tony) Puletua (born 25 June 1979 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer for St. Helens in the European Super League. A New Zealand and Samoan international, Puletua previously played for the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League competition. He primarily plays in the second row.
Puletua joined St. Helens at the end of the 2008 season on a three-year deal. Puletua was contracted to the Panthers until the end of the 2009 season. He was also a target for the St. George Illawarra Dragons.
Puletua made his debut for the Penrith Panthers in 1997 and was captain of the team from January, 2006. He played at second row in the Panthers team which defeated the Sydney Roosters in the 2003 NRL Grand final.
Puletua's brother, Frank, also played for the Penrith Panthers, retiring from professional rugby league on April 2011.
- First Grade Debut: 1997 - Round 10, Penrith v Perth Reds at the WACA, 4 May
- Representative Debut: 1998 - Australia vs New Zealand, Suncorp Stadium, 9 October
- Premierships: 2003 - member of the Grand final winning Panthers team that defeated the Sydney Roosters, 18–6
Puletua represented the New Zealand national team on 22 occasions since 1998, including the 2000 World Cup. His last selection was for New Zealand against Australia in the ANZAC Test on the 20 April 2007 as a replacement for the injured David Kidwell.
Puletua was named in the Samoa squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup and played in three matches. In 2009 he was named as part of the Samoan side for the Pacific Cup. therhinos.co.uk, 6 October 2009
Rugby League International Origin Match
Tony Puletua was selected for the Exiles squad for the Rugby League International Origin Match against England at Headingley on 10 June 2011.
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