Knights among 4 NRL clubs chasing giant schoolboy prop Tepa Fuiavailili

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  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

    Aug 12, 2012
    Ipswich schoolboy being chased by four clubs and two codes

    • AUGUST 24, 2014 12:00AM

    MEET the 200cm schoolboy prop who has four clubs across two football codes chasing his signature.

    It is easy to see why astute rugby league judges are desperate for Ipswich State High standout Tepa Fuiavailili to remain in the 13-man code.

    The Year 12 student stands as tall as his surname is long and has the engine to match, able to power through full games without a spell.

    Fuiavailili would be the tallest player in the NRL if he makes it to the top grade, towering over Greg Inglis, Sam Kasiano and James Tamou.

    He is even 5cm taller than the dual code star he is in the mould of – Brad Thorn.

    That height is why Queensland Reds elite development chief Paul Carozza is interested in Fuiavailili after sighting him at a schoolboy league carnival.

    Next month, Fuiavailili will trial with Cronulla, who have a partnership with Ipswich State High, while Newcastle Knights and St George Illawarra are also trying to lure him south.

    Fuiavailili’s manager, Paul Hogan of Catalyst Sports, said his client lost significant weight during the past year to slim down from 140kg.

    “He has enormous potential in both codes because he has great discipline and work ethic,” Hogan said.

    “He’s done enormously well to slim down. He is around 115-117kg now.

    “He is attracting significant interest from both codes.”

    Ipswich State High coach Lee Addison predicted Fuiavailili’s attitude would ensure he made it in either league or union.

    “I remember one day his mum was sick and on the way to hospital so he couldn’t make training but he actually sprinted over to me on his way to hospital to tell me he couldn’t attend and then apologised again later with a text,” Addison said.

    “He never misses training. He is a leader. He never comes off the field and is now playing colts for the Ipswich Jets.’’

    Fuiavailili’s talent is one of the reasons behind Ipswich State High’s surge into a schoolboy league powerhouse.

    Allan Langer’s old school made the Queensland semi-finals this year, just beaten by Wavell State High.
  2. Matty23

    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Jan 23, 2010
    Port Macquarie
    Holy damn! 117kg and 200cm. That's a big boy, that's a very big boy. We'll miss out on him no doubt.
  3. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Apr 16, 2008
    he'll end up too big anyway.

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