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Bill Tupou
« on: June 26, 2013, 01:52:59 PM »
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Tupou leaves Warriors for Raiders

Winger Bill Tupou has signed with the Canberra Raiders for the remainder of the NRL season and beyond after being released by the New Zealand Warriors.

Tupou, 22, has cut short a two-year Warriors contract which was to expire at the end of next year, with an option to continue in 2015.

He has signed a 2-1/2 year deal with the Raiders after having also considered an offer from the Parramatta Eels.

The former Junior Kiwi scored 19 tries in 62 games for the Warriors since his debut in 2010.

That followed two seasons with the club's under-20 side, in which he scored 28 tries.

Tupou scored three tries in nine games this season but hasn't started in first grade since the club's record 62-6 loss to Penrith in round 10.

In that game at Sydney on May 18, he made a team-high 119 metres but is credited with making just one tackle.

Tupou's agent, Stan Martin, says the player won't be available for Canberra's match away to South Sydney on Friday as he probably won't fly to Australia until this weekend while paperwork is completed.

Source: http://au.rd.yahoo.com/sport/rss/rugbyleague/*http%3A//au.sports.yahoo.com/league/news/article/-/17735507/tupou-leaves-warriors-for-raiders/

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Re: Bill Tupou
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2013, 02:10:06 PM »
Tupou chasing more game time at Canberra

Bill Tupou's agent says the winger was too young and talented to be lingering on the NRL sidelines, which is why he has cut his Warriors contract short to sign with the Canberra Raiders.

Tupou will arrive in Canberra on Sunday to begin a 2-1/2 year deal which was completed in haste ahead of the June 30 transfer deadline.

The Warriors granted the 22-year-old a release just six months into a two-year deal, which also had an option to extend into 2015.

Tupou played nine of the Warriors' first 10 games this season but was dropped from first grade after the club-record 62-6 loss to Penrith in Sydney on May 18.

Agent Stan Martin says it became apparent that coach Matt Elliott was favouring club rookie Ngani Laumape over Tupou so requested a release.

"He's only 22 and to be struggling to find his spot in the team, I thought it best that he move," Martin told NZ Newswire.

"It will be good for Bill because it will get him out of a comfort zone. It will get him back into the form he was in during the final series of 2011, where he was outstanding."

Tupou will be available for Canberra's round 17 home match against North Queensland on July 7.

Martin was surprised the Warriors were seemingly unconcerned about losing a player who had served them well at first grade level for four seasons, scoring 19 tries in 62 games. That followed a two-year stint in the under-20 side, where he scored 28 tries.

Martin believes the Warriors may have been motivated to clear salary cap space for a big-money signing in the outside backs.

It has been widely reported that the club are chasing the signature of high-profile Wigan fullback Sam Tomkins.

Source: http://au.rd.yahoo.com/sport/rss/rugbyleague/*http%3A//au.sports.yahoo.com/league/news/article/-/17735507/tupou-chasing-more-game-time-at-canberra/

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Re: Bill Tupou
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2013, 03:58:20 PM »
Tupou keen to help as Raiders grapple with injury woes

CANBERRA signing Bill Tupou will arrive in town on Sunday and has declared himself ready to slot into the Raiders back-line immediately to help solve their outside back injury crisis.

He could get an immediate chance this week at the expense of injured winger Sandor Earl, who used a mid-season switch last year to revive his career.

Tupou will report to Raiders training on Monday after signing before the June 30 transfer deadline. He has been playing in NSW Cup after the Warriors dropped him from the NRL after round nine, but Tupou is hopeful of making his Raiders debut against North Queensland at Canberra Stadium this Sunday.

The Raiders' injury woes out wide worsened when Earl (dislocated elbow) and Jack Wighton (groin) both went down in Friday's 32-2 loss to Souths.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/tupou-keen-to-help-as-raiders-grapple-with-injury-woes-20130629-2p498.html#ixzz2XfzIze1J

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Re: Bill Tupou
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2013, 04:11:00 PM »
Raiders TV catches up with new recruit Bill Tupou and finds out more about the Raiders latest squad member.

Tupou speaks about meeting his new team mates, catching up with former team mate Shaun Berrigan and the advise given to him from Raiders legend Ruben Wiki.

Watch video: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/78507


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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2013, 09:01:08 PM »
Wiki smoothed Tupou's Canberra move

Canberra NRL recruit Bill Tupou has revealed that Raiders legend Ruben Wiki was a major influence in his switch from the Warriors.

Almost nine years since the two-time Raiders player of the year winner left for the Warriors, he's helped convince fellow Kiwi Tupou make the opposite move.

The 23-year-old winger had played 62 games for the Warriors since debuting in 2010, but hadn't played first grade side since a round 10 thumping by Penrith.

Yet it wasn't as though Tupou performed poorly in the loss - making the most metres, linebreaks and tackle busts for his side during the match.

Feeling on the outer, Tupou was granted an early release from the Warriors and an outside back injury crisis at the Raiders combined with reassuring advice from the Warriors high performance assistant was all Tupou needed to make the move.

"Ruben Wiki was a major factor in coming," Tupou said.

"He said that he loves the club, he's been here for most of his life and said that if I needed any help around Canberra, give him a call."

There were several other incentives to move to Canberra, Tupou said, an expansive halves combination in Terry Campese and Josh McCrone just one of them.

"The Raiders are feeding their backs. I like the way they play and their halves control the game," he said.

"I'm looking to receive more ball."

Having only arrived in Canberra over the weekend, Tupou hasn't been named to play in the Raiders' home NRL clash against North Queensland on Sunday, but says he's ready to go whenever called upon.

Source: http://au.rd.yahoo.com/sport/rss/rugbyleague/*http%3A//au.sports.yahoo.com/league/news/article/-/17854377/wiki-smoothed-tupous-canberra-move/

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Re: Bill Tupou
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2013, 09:40:59 PM »
Tupou not selected for Raiders clash with Cowboys

Mid-season signing Bill Tupou has missed out on selection for the Canberra Raiders crucial home clash with North Queensland on Sunday.

The former New Zealand Warrior was tipped to be thrust straight into the side, despite only arriving on Sunday.

But coach David Furner has opted to switch back rower Joel Thompson into the centres, and shift Jack Wighton out to wing.

While Wighton (groin) and prop Dane Tilse (knee) were named, both will be given until later in the week to prove their fitness.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-match-preview/tupou-not-selected-for-raiders-clash-with-cowboys-20130702-2p9mm.html#ixzz2Xyvghowr

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Re: Bill Tupou
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2013, 10:30:37 PM »
Mid-season recruit Bill Tupou speaks to Raiders TV after being named to make his debut in the centres against Manly on Sunday afternoon at Canberra Stadium.

Watch video: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/82523

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Re: Bill Tupou
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2013, 04:42:11 PM »
Q and A with Tupou

Read About a Raider is a weekly segment in which you, the club’s members, get to ask a specific player for that week any question you like. This week’s player is Bill Tupou who will make his debut for the Raiders on Sunday afternoon.

Stacey Perkins: Are you excited to make your debut for the Green Machine at Canberra Stadium this Sunday?

Bill: Yeah Stacey, I’m very excited to pull on that Green jersey for the first time. I can’t wait! I’ve been looking forward to this moment since I moved here and it will be extra special to be playing at home at Canberra Stadium

It will be tough game for us because Manly is such a strong side and we need to win every game to make the semi’s. It will also be a tough game for me personally coming up against Steve Matai.

James Ward: How have you enjoyed the move to Canberra?

Bill: It’s been a good move thanks James. It’s nice and quiet and there’s not a lot of traffic which I like.

The move was made easier because I was able to reunite with my friend Scott Jones who is in the Raiders NRL squad also. I grew up playing for the same junior footy club, Bay Roskill Vikings, with Scott and we played in the Warriors 20s together too. He’s helped show me around and made me more comfortable.

Read more: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/82622

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Re: Bill Tupou
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2013, 07:49:49 PM »
Ex-Warrior's debut overlooked amid fuss

He's been parachuted in to fill the sizeable shoes of Blake Ferguson, his opposite number is Manly hitman Steve Matai, and it's his first NRL game in the centres.

Welcome to the Canberra Raiders, Bill Tupou.

The 23-year-old will makes his debut for the Raiders in Sunday's match against the Sea Eagles at Canberra Stadium, the first under interim coach Andrew Dunemann.

David Furner's shock sacking on Tuesday has ensured Tupou's elevation into the first-grade line-up has been largely overlooked.

Tupou joined the Raiders from the New Zealand Warriors before the June 30 deadline on a 2½- year deal, but has been biding his time in the NSW Cup with Mounties.

Mounties coach Steve Antonelli backed Tupou - nicknamed ''Mini Beast'' after his former Warriors teammate Manu Vatuvei - to make the most of his chance in his first NRL game in the centres.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/exwarriors-debut-overlooked-amid-fuss-20130822-2set0.html#ixzz2cmg80PzE

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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2013, 04:47:11 PM »
Raiders centre Bill Tupou spoke to Raiders TV in the sheds after his first game for the club yesterday at Canberra Stadium.

Watch video: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/82836

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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2013, 02:26:06 PM »
Raiders recruit Bill Tupou said he's looking forward to taking on his old team mate Manu Vatuvei this weekend when the Raiders travel to Mt Smart Stadium.

Watch video: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/83089

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« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2013, 12:06:44 AM »
Tupou seizes chance

He's only been a Canberra Raider for two months, but coach David Furner's sacking impacted Bill Tupou more than most.

It was Furner who handed Tupou a mid-season lifeline after the New Zealand Warriors told him he wasn't wanted.

On Saturday the winger returns to Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium in just his second game for the Raiders with a serious point to prove.

He may not be around any more but Tupou, who signed until the end of 2015, plans on justifying Furner's faith.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/tupou-seizes-chance-20130830-2swhu.html#ixzz2dSejokKo

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Re: Bill Tupou
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2013, 07:42:33 PM »
2013 Player Review: Bill Tupou

Bill Tupou arrived in the Nation’s Capital from across the ditch after a mid-season switch from the New Zealand Warriors and quickly made a home for himself after a series of impressive displays in the Raiders backline, which forebodes to a promising future in the lime green.

After being told he was unwanted at the Warriors, Tupou was quickly snapped up by the Raiders in June due his enormous potential and the series of injuries sustained by the club’s outside back stocks.

Tupou immediately added enviable depth and quality competition to the Raiders list of outside backs as he settled his was into the club through playing for Mounties in the NSW Cup.

In his four consecutive games for Mounties, Tupou proved to be a regular try scorer and one of the most dangerous ball runners in the side.

Read more: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/86106