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Re: Josh Papalii
« Reply #90 on: July 19, 2013, 03:55:23 PM »
Josh Papalii chats to Raiders TV after Queensland's triumph in the 2013 State of Origin series.

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« Reply #91 on: July 19, 2013, 11:50:25 PM »
Papalii to face Stuart after U-turn on Eels deal

Josh Papalii will come face to face with Parramatta coach Ricky Stuart on Saturday for the first time since the Queensland back-rower reneged on a deal to join the Eels next season.

Papalii outraged Parramatta officials and fans when he turned his back on the Eels, after signing a three-year contract with the club earlier in the year, to remain with the Raiders.

The 21-year-old said he wouldn't avoid the Parramatta change rooms and would have no problem speaking with Stuart if, or when, they bump into each other at Canberra Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

''I'll always say hi to people, even if they backstab me,'' Papalii said. ''I'm not saying Ricky did, but it's more important that I be humble myself, and be myself.''

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Re: Josh Papalii
« Reply #92 on: July 20, 2013, 12:25:15 AM »
Papalii keen to pile pain on spurned Eels

Parramatta coach Ricky Stuart must have watched Josh Papalii's rise to a Maroons jersey through gritted teeth.

In March the Canberra back-rower signed a contract to join the Eels from next year, and Stuart thought his rebuilding plan was in motion.

But after using the NRL's pre-round 13 ''cooling off'' rule to remain with the Raiders, Papalii has no regrets.

Before his first meeting with Parramatta on Saturday since his backflip, Papalii reaffirmed family reasons were his sole motive.

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« Reply #93 on: July 20, 2013, 12:55:59 AM »
Canberra Raiders forward Josh Papalii's about turn to stir Parramatta Eels for this weekend's clash

THE Parramatta Eels might not have discussed Josh Papalii in the lead-up to the battle against Canberra Saturday night, but they haven't forgotten what he did earlier this year.

Papalii's clash against the club he reneged on earlier this season provides a welcome dose of intrigue to a fixture that bookmakers predict will be the most lop-sided affair of 2013.

Hurtling toward back-to-back wooden spoons with zero success on the road since last August, the Eels are rated $8 bolters to upset a Raiders outfit undefeated in 11 outings at home over the same period.

Hooker Matt Keating said their long term motivation is now to escape the premiership cellar, but Saturday night's immediate task could also involve payback for Papalii.

Eels officials were furious when the rampaging back-rower signed a letter of intent in February to join the club from next season, only to change his mind a few weeks later.

Papalii's subsequent rise to Origin level with Queensland has only served as a painful reminder of what the Eels lost.

"No one has forgotten about it, but we've had to move on," Keating said. "It's one of those things that happens in footy. It seems like a while ago now.

"I wouldn't say I was disappointed about it, but if I agreed to something I would stick to my word. But that was his decision (to re-sign with Canberra), so good luck to him."

Unlike Papalii, the Eels junior would snap-up the chance of a guaranteed future at Parramatta. But that's no longer the case, with Keating one of 12 Eels players advised to look elsewhere for 2014.

He remains intent on trying to convince coach Ricky Stuart otherwise, even if the club is expected to announce the signing of Rabbitohs rake Nathan Peats next week.

"I can't dwell on that," he said. "I'm playing for my future, whether that's here at Parramatta or somewhere else. The majority of the boys have been pretty good with it.

"We can't use that as an excuse for how we've been going."

The Eels have lost their past seven games, but showed more fight and commitment in last weekend's 17-10 defeat to Penrith. Saturday night's difficult away assignment presents an infinitely greater challenge, albeit one that Stuart is familiar with.

The ex-Raiders champion boasts an impressive 6-2 record in Canberra since he started coaching, based on a strict routine of taking his sides to the ACT two days before the match.

Parramatta left on Thursday with injured duo Jarryd Hayne (hamstring) and Chris Sandow (cork) on the bus.

Stuart confirmed Friday night neither would play.

"We wanted to bring them along to keep up that team environment," he said.

Sandow is expected to be available for selection next round, but is likely to have to win back his No.7 jersey through the NSW Cup.

"It's been a rough ride this season, but there's always a future and we have to look forward," Keating said.

"We were in the same position last year, where everyone was talking about us getting the wooden spoon. Now it seems to be happening again. It's a big motivation to stop that."

Source: http://www.foxsports.com.au/league/nrl-premiership/canberra-raiders-forward-josh-papaliis-about-turn-to-stir-parramatta-eels-for-this-weekends-clash/story-fn2mcuj6-1226682172321#.UelRoKxc3Fw

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Re: Josh Papalii
« Reply #94 on: August 23, 2013, 05:09:03 PM »

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Re: Josh Papalii
« Reply #95 on: August 23, 2013, 05:11:32 PM »
Canberra Raiders hitman Josh Papalii makes NRL rivals pray and wants to become priest

JOSH Papalii hits like a demon but off the field the Canberra Raiders enforcer is chasing a post-footy career in the priesthood.

In a revelation that may stun the Parramatta Eels fans he snubbed to stay in the ACT, Papalii is a deeply religious and principled man off the field who regularly features with Raiders teammates serving meals to the needy at St Johns Church in Canberra.

In an interview for Fox Sports' Sterlo, the Queensland Origin hitman said he was serious about donning the cloth once his NRL career was done.

"I guess this (helping the needy) is one of the steps to helping my course off the field, just becoming a priest," Papalii said.

"Just saying goodbye to all the fun things like going out clubbing, drinking ... It's a sacrifice for the real things I want.

"Becoming a priest is not easy but it's something I'm really looking into and hopefully that all goes well after my career."

Papalii, 21, said feeding meals to the poor had a major influence on his decision.

"The first time I came in it really changed my life, it just opened my eyes to the real world, not the ones fortunate with money. With fame we can really help people in need," he said.

"I guess God gave me the talent to play and the name you can have playing at the top level, you say one thing and the world will listen. God just gave me the talent and I've just got to share the word."

Young teammate Anthony Milford said Papalii had already become a leader in the team.

"He's always trying to do his part where he can to help out the community. It's really good for us young boys to have a role model like that," Milford said.

Co-captain Terry Campese said Papalii's transformation from Christian soldier to tackling demon was amazing.

"On the field he just transforms into this machine with the way he tackles and runs the ball," Campese said.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/canberra-raiders-hitman-josh-papalii-makes-nrl-rivals-pray-wants-to-become-priest/story-fni3gmmu-1226702668539

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Re: Josh Papalii
« Reply #96 on: September 15, 2013, 12:22:13 AM »
Papalii backs Stuart's move to Canberra

RAIDERS forward Josh Papalii is comforted incoming Canberra coach Ricky Stuart finally understands why he, too, turned his back on Parramatta this year - family comes first.

It is why Papalii says the Raiders should respect Anthony Milford's decision on where the rookie sensation prefers to play next season.

Stuart said extended family support in Canberra, particularly for his daughter Emma, who is autistic, was one of the main reasons he controversially quit the Eels for the Raiders.

Papalii was under intense scrutiny earlier this year, too, when he reneged on a three-year $1 million deal with Stuart and the Eels to stay in Canberra.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/papalii-backs-stuarts-move-to-canberra-20130914-2trwy.html#ixzz2esQp2s7S

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Re: Josh Papalii
« Reply #97 on: September 18, 2013, 11:08:02 PM »
Papalii no token pick: Sheens

He may have been dumped as Canberra Raiders coach, but David Furner has proven he still has his former players' backs by campaigning for the inclusion of Josh Papalii in Australia's World Cup squad.

And Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens insists the back rower can force his way into contention, scoffing at claims his selection for the Prime Minister's XIII is a token gesture.

An assistant coach with Australia, Furner has been spruiking Papalii's claims after a brilliant second NRL season culminated in his debut for Queensland.

The Auckland-born 20-year-old turned his back on New Zealand to pledge his allegiance to Australia, a decision which has already reaped dividends with two Origin matches and selection in the World Cup train-on squad. ''David's been pushing him to me hard, he's coached him and knows the kid personally,'' Sheens said.

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Re: Josh Papalii
« Reply #98 on: October 08, 2013, 04:23:55 PM »
Papalii named in World Cup squad

Josh Papalii thought World Cup selection for Australia was such a pipe dream earlier this year, he committed to playing for Samoa.

But strong endorsements from Canberra Raiders legends Mal Meninga and David Furner ensured his selection in the Kangaroos 24-man squad announced on Monday.

The Raiders back-rower intended to pay tribute to childhood friend and former North Queensland Cowboy Alex Elisala, who passed away shortly after representing Samoa against Tonga in April.

The 21-year-old was in the crowd at Penrith that night, and hearing the Samoan anthem clinched his desire to represent his parent’s homeland.

That plan has now been dashed, but Papalii will still be thinking about Elisala in the green and gold.

‘‘Alex will always be in our hearts. It doesn’t matter who I’m playing for, he’ll always be close to me,’’ Papalii said.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/canberra-raiders/josh-papalii-named-in-world-cup-squad-20131007-2v395.html#ixzz2h6ZNTGqH

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Re: Josh Papalii
« Reply #99 on: October 16, 2013, 02:19:03 PM »
2013 Player Review: Josh Papalii

After a breakthrough year in 2012, Canberra Raiders enforcer Josh Papalii took the next step in his promising career by gaining representative selection for Queensland in their State of Origin success, a spot in the Prime Minister’s XIII as well as a place in the Australian Kangaroos squad for the World Cup.

Papalii cemented his place in the starting back-row for the Raiders last year and the way in which he continued to take his name to a new level this year entails that he will hold onto the number 11 jersey for many years to come.

His consistently top notch performances for the Green Machine saw him recognised as one of the best young forwards in the game and a crowd favourite with Raiders fans.

Papalii’s potent mix of explosive charges, sharp footwork for a big man and ferocious hits in defence makes the Souths Logan junior such an intimidating proposition for opponents and such an eye catching performer for his own side.

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« Reply #100 on: October 16, 2013, 03:13:58 PM »
Raiders star Josh Papalii speaks to NRL media about his whirlwind year in which he cemented a place in Canberra's starting line-up, took part in Queensland's State of Origin triumph, represented the Prime Minister's XIII against Papua New Guinea and finally on being selected in Australia's World Cup squad.

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« Reply #101 on: October 17, 2013, 11:46:04 AM »
Wiki "really proud" of Papalii 

''He's spent most of his life in Australia so he's just following his heart [by playing for Australia]'' Wiki said.

''There's no hard feelings in which patch he chose. I touch base with him here and there to wish him luck. I'm really proud.

''It'd be awesome for him to wear the black and white jersey, but he told me out of respect he was going the other way, which is sweet.

''I watched him play Origin and he didn't look out of place at all.''

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« Reply #102 on: October 17, 2013, 11:53:27 AM »
Papalii, Gallen to smooth hostilities

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart says back-rower Josh Papalii can follow Paul Gallen's lead and return from the World Cup a better player, while Stuart has credited Raiders skipper Terry Campese for his decision to stand down from the game's showcase event.

Gallen and Papalii were involved in a public feud during last year's finals series, when Gallen accused the Raiders back-rower of a ''dog shot'' after Papalii targeted the NSW Origin skipper in a dominant performance.

That feud was superseded by the battle between Gallen and Nate Myles, Gallen suspended a match for unleashing a combination of punches on Myles in this year's State-of-Origin opener.

The Australian World Cup squad assembled in Sydney on Thursday, Gallen claiming he'd already smoothed things over with Myles at the recent Dally M Awards.

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« Reply #103 on: October 17, 2013, 11:58:23 AM »
Furner "proud" to reunite with Papalii at World Cup

[David] Furner was one of the mentors Papalii confided in before controversially switching his allegiance from New Zealand to Queensland and Australia late last year.

Papalii had been eligible to represent Australia, New Zealand and Samoa, but Furner said he was ''proud'' to reunite with the 21-year-old at the World Cup.

''He confided in blokes like Ruben Wiki, Mal Meninga, myself and - most importantly - his family. We've seen in the past where players have jumped between countries, but he's actually given it good thought and it's paid off.

''This is big for a 21-year-old … but he's always been a mature player, regardless of his age. You can tell the players who will step up to the extra level.''

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Re: Josh Papalii
« Reply #104 on: October 22, 2013, 01:55:22 PM »
Papalii can't recall late-night robbery

Kangaroos forward Josh Papalii was ''shaken'' after being robbed of £200 ($335) during a night out in Manchester, but the Canberra star is unlikely to make a formal complaint to police as he can't recall what happened.

Papalii was robbed by two men after withdrawing money from an ATM on the Kangaroos' first night in Britain before the World Cup. He and teammates had gone to the Tiger Tiger nightclub in Shudehill, near the city centre on Tuesday night and there are suggestions Papalii was escorted to the ATM by armed robbers.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said the incident had occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning but Papalii had been unable to provide details of exactly how the robbery had occurred. ''Police have spoken to a 21-year-old man in relation to an incident that occurred in the early hours of Wednesday 17 October 2013,'' the spokesman said.

''The man has not been able to fully recall what happened and therefore no offences have been recorded at this time.''

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