Paul Tupai

Second Row
Highest Honour: 
Croucher Needham
Player Profile: 

Position: Number 8 or lock

Alternative Position (if applicable): Probably loose head prop next season…

Previous Clubs: Bay of Plenty and Northampton Saints

Honours: Manu Samoa

Best Rugby Moment: Winning the Ranfurly Shield on my century for Bay of Plenty

Worst Rugby Moment: Yellow and red cards

Biggest Influence: My family

Favourite Ground: Goldington Road – you can’t beat that slope!

Favourite Food: Seafood or Nandos

Favourite Film: American Gangster

Favourite Band: AC/DC

If I wasn't a rugby player I'd be...: A chef

Dream Team: A chance for each player to name their 15 man super squad of the best rugby players from now and then.

15. Mike Rayer
14. James Pritchard (c)
13. Billy Twelvetrees
12. Ian Vass
11. Josh Bassett
10. Ali Hepher
9. Karl Dickson

1. Matt Volland
2. Kramer Ronaki
3. Phil Boulton
4. Mike Howard
5. Alex Rae
6. Darren Fox
7. Sacha Harding
8. Junior Paramore

Perfect Player: Here is the opportunity to play Dr Frankenstein and take attributes from any player in the world past or present to make up the ultimate rugby player in your position.

Tackling: I’ll combine Mike Howard – as he never misses – with Sacha Harding – as he cuts them in half

Strength: Darren Fox – Just a beast of a man

Pace: Josh Bassett – he’s got an extraordinary big nose which gives him perfect aerodynamic so he flies down the field.

Maintaining possession: Phil Boulton – he carries the ball like he carries his lunchbox

Mauling: Martin Hynes – He’s the machine and a great man for a young forward to learn from

Ball carrying: Junior Paramore – much like Boults, he hangs onto the ball like it’s a KFC Family Bucket

Cleaning out the ruck: Darren Fox – the man has amazing strength and you know that when he hits the ruck somebody is moving out of his way 

Closing down the opposition: Ian Vass – he’s an incredibly wise man who reads the game so well and knows what to do whether it’s going forwards or backwards

Supporting backs: Brendan Burke – always seems to be in the right place at the right time, popping up all over the park and isn’t afraid to get his shirt dirty if required

And finally… legendary drinking ability: There’s only one possible answer for this. The international man of drinking – Big Ian Vass. He’s a hell of a man


Next Home Match

Friday 14th November
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road