Dalton Papalii

IN JUNE 2017 Auckland and Blues loose forward Dalton Papalii was revelling in a second World Under 20 Championship with New Zealand, as a winner in Georgia, but not daring to believe where his career may lead. Opportunity came knocking in 2018 as the Blues were hit by a severe injury crisis and Papalii was signed up. His season was cut short before it started though when he broke his hand in a pre-season match and was out for six weeks. The 21 year old has played outstanding rugby for Auckland in this year’s Mitre 10 Cup competition topping the tackles count late in the season.

Auckland-raised Papalii played rugby league as youngster before going onto captain his St Kentigern's College First XV and in 2015 led the New Zealand Schools side to a convincing 32-3 win over the Australian Schools team. A player with obvious leadership potential, Blues Coach Tana Umaga had this to say: “He is a young guy he's super physical and he's only going to get bigger and stronger. He's got a very promising future.”

Favourite rugby ground...
Eden park or Saint Kentigern college 1st xv pitch

Favourite rugby player and why...  Michael Hooper - relentless effort off the ball and just a deadly player on attack and defense with the desire to win in every aspect of play in rugby and off.

Earliest or best rugby memory... Winning x3 1a championships and being able to captain one.

Biggest influence on your rugby and why... Family and the indescribable relationships you make through it with the mates you fight next to on the field. The passion of the fight

Last song you had on repeat... Wanted dead or alive - Bon Jovi

Favourite non-rugby sports team... Canterbury bulldogs

Sporting hero... Gordan Tallis

If you could meet one person, who would it be and why... My uncle Paul Hodgson - the stories I've heard of him makes me wonder what man he was and family members say I have similar traits to him that they see through me"

I hate it when..." I lose money"

I can't live without... " Family and money"

If I wasn't a rugby player, I would be..." A mechanic or arborist

Loose Forward
1.93m, 113kg
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Test Match record

(+) subsitute(-) replaced

3 November v Japan at Tokyo 31-69 (-)
24 November v Italy at Rome 3-66 (+)