Tupou at the Roosters in 2008
|Born||1 March 1983|
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||102 kg (16 st 1 lb)|
Anthony Tupou (born 1 March 1983) is a former professional rugby league footballer who played as a second-row and lock forward in the 2000s and 2010s. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative, he played for the Sydney Roosters, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League, while also having a stint in the Super League with the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Tupou was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. He attended school at St Francis Xavier College, a well-known rugby league nursery in Newcastle.
Tupou made his first-grade début in 2004 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs. In the September 2004 issue of Big League magazine, after making his début with the Roosters, Tupou claimed that growing up his favourite player to watch was Queensland legend Mal Meninga. He also claimed that the biggest influence on his football was his father and his club coach Ricky Stuart. At the end of that season he played for the Roosters from the interchange bench in their 2004 NRL grand final loss to cross-Sydney rivals, the Bulldogs.
Tupou retained his Test spot in 2007 for the Anzac Test against New Zealand. Tupou made his début for New South Wales in Game 1 of the 2007 State of Origin series. His Test début came before his Origin debut. However, he was dropped for Game 2.
In August 2008, Tupou was named in the Australia training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. He was named in the Australia squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, replacing Michael Crocker who withdrew through injury. Although also named in the Tonga training squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, Tupou played for Australia.
Tupou played for the Sharks mainly at second-row forward. Tupou was named in NSW's preliminary 40 man squad for the 2009 State of Origin series. He was selected for Country in the City vs Country match on 8 May 2009.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
In 2017, Tupou returned to his hometown to play for the Newcastle Knights on a 1-year contract. He made his Knights début in round 5 of the 2017 season against his former club Cronulla. With a hip injury limiting his time at the Knights to only 4 games, he announced his retirement in September 2017.
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