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Name  Joseph Paulo
Career start  2008
Weight  106 kg
Height  1.88 m
Role  Rugby Player

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Education  Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown
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Joseph Paulo (born 2 January 1988) is a New Zealand-born professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the National Rugby League. A Samoan and United States international, NRL All Stars and New South Wales City representative, he plays at lock, second-row and five-eighth. He previously played for the Penrith Panthers and Parramatta Eels.

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Playing career

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Paulo was born in Auckland and attended Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown. He is of American Samoan and Niuean descent, and is eligible for Australia, Niue, New Zealand, Samoa and the USA at international level. He is also an Australian Schoolboys international.

2008

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In round 6, against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Paulo made his NRL debut for the Penrith Panthers, starting at second-row in the 21-20 golden point extra time win at Remondis Stadium. Paulo would go on to play in 8 matches in his debut year, but also played for the Panthers NYC team.

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Paulo was named in the Samoan squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.

2009

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In round 17, against the Parramatta Eels, Paulo scored his first NRL career try in the Panthers 38-34 win at Penrith Stadium. Paulo finished the season with him playing in 14 matches and scoring 2 tries. He was named as part of the Samoan side for the Pacific Cup. Paulo played at lock in Samoa’s 20-22 defeat to the Cook Islands at Barlow Park.

2010

Paulo finished the 2010 NRL season with him playing in 7 matches for the Panthers. Paulo again represented Samoa, playing at five-eighth and kicking a goal in Samoa’s 6-50 loss against New Zealand at Mt Smart Stadium.

2011

Paulo only played in 1 match for the Panthers, in round 15 against the Newcastle Knights. He instead played for the Windsor Wolves in the New South Wales Cup until he made a mid-year transfer to the Parramatta Eels. In round 20, against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Paulo made his club debut for the Eels, coming off the interchange bench in the 8-7 loss at ANZ Stadium. This was Paulo’s only match for the Eels in the 2011, and he spent the rest of the year playing for the Wentworthville Magpies in the New South Wales Cup.

At the end of the season, Paulo switched his international allegiance to the United States of America. Paulo played at five-eighth and lock for the Tomahawks in their 2011 World Cup qualifier matches against South Africa and Jamaica, kicking 10 goals in the victories.

2012

On 16 June 2012, Paulo re-signed with the Eels, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2014 season. Paulo finished the season having played a full season of first grade, appearing in 23 matches for the Eels in the 2012 NRL season.

2013

In round 9, against the Brisbane Broncos, Paulo scored his first club try for the Eels in the 19-18 win at Parramatta Stadium. Paulo finished the 2013 NRL season having played in all of the Eels 24 matches, scoring a try and kicking 6 goals. Paulo captained the United States national rugby league team in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, playing at five-eighth, scoring 2 tries and kicking 6 goals in their campaign, in which they reached the quarter finals.

2014

In round 24, against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Paulo played his 100th NRL career match in the Eels 22-12 win at Parramatta Stadium. Paulo finished the 2015 NRL season with him playing in all of the Eels 24 matches, scoring a try and kicking 3 goals. On 30 October 2014, Paulo extended his contract with the Eels to the end of the 2016 season after rejecting offers from the Canberra Raiders.

2015

On 13 February, Paulo was selected on the interchange bench for NRL All Stars to play against the Indigenous All Stars in the 2015 All Stars match at Cbus Super Stadium. The NRL All Stars lost 20-6. On 3 May 2015, Paulo played for New South Wales City Origin against New South Wales Country Origin, coming off the interchange bench in the 34-22 loss in Wagga Wagga. After the City vs. Country clash, Paulo was axed to the Wentworthville Magpies due to bad form. Paulo finished the 2015 NRL season having played in 14 matches for the Eels. On 2 November, Paulo was released from the final year of his Eels contract to sign a two-year contract with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks starting in 2016.

At the end of his time with the Parramatta Eels, Paulo played 86 times for the club and scored two tries. He was also a member of the 2012 & 2013 sides which collected the wooden spoon.

2016

On 28 January 2016, Paulo was named in the Sharks 2016 Auckland Nines squad. In round 2 of the 2016 NRL season, Paulo made his club debut for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks against the St George Illawarra Dragons, starting at lock in the Sharks 30-2 win at Southern Cross Group Stadium..

2017

Paulo made 10 appearances for Cronulla in The 2017 NRL season but spent the majority of his playing time with Cronulla's feeder club side The Newtown Jets in The Intrust Super Premiership NSW .

References

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