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Joe Galuvao

Joe Galuvao
Galuvao in 2005
Personal information
Full name Joseph Frederick Galuvao[1]
Born (1978-07-08) 8 July 1978
Auckland, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Weight 106 kg (16 st 10 lb)[2]
Position Second-row, Prop, Centre, Fullback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1998–2000 Auckland Warriors 27 4 0 0 16
2001–2005 Penrith Panthers 78 15 0 0 60
2006–2007 South Sydney 23 3 0 0 12
2008–2009 Parramatta Eels 34 4 0 0 16
2010–2013 Manly-Warringah 78 1 0 0 4
Total 240 27 0 0 108
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000 Samoa 2 0 0 0 0
2003–2004 New Zealand 4 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP

Joe Galuvao (born 8 July 1978) is a New Zealand former professional rugby league footballer who played in the National Rugby League. A Samoa and New Zealand international second row forward, he played for the Auckland Warriors, Parramatta Eels, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers (with whom he won the 2003 NRL Premiership), and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (with whom he won the 2011 NRL Premiership).


  • Playing career 1
  • Career highlights 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Playing career

After starting his playing career in the late 1990s with the Auckland Warriors, Galuvao was a member of the 2003 NRL premiership-winning Panthers team which defeated the Sydney Roosters in the 2003 NRL grand final. With fellow second-rower Tony Puletua, Galuvao was known as one of the "Hair Bears" and was rated one of the best second-rowers in the world in 2003.[3] As 2003 NRL premiers, the Panthers travelled to England to face Super League VIII champions, the Bradford Bulls in the 2004 World Club Challenge. Galuvao played at second-row forward in the Panthers' 22-4 loss.

Galuvao joined the Rabbitohs from 2006 on a three-year deal.[3] Galuvao was released in September 2007 after a campaign to encourage him to retire, reportedly being told by Souths to swap "the paddock for the pulpit".[4] by the Rabbitohs to join the Parramatta Eels in the 2008 off season.[5] Galuvao signed a 2-year contract with Parramatta, keeping him with the Eels through the 2009 season.

In the 2008 season, he only played in six NRL games for the Eels. In 2009, however he matched that total in the first six games of the season.[5] In August, 2009, Galuvao extended his playing career by signing a three-year deal with Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.[6]

Despite being concussed in a pre-season match,[7] Galuvao made his debut for Manly against his old club Parramatta in Round 2 of the 2010 season.[8] Galuvao won a second premiership as part of Manly's victorious 2011 NRL Grand Final squad. He, along with Shane Rodney have played in the same premiership team twice, Rodney having been a teammate of Galuvao's in Penrith's victorious 2003 NRL Grand Final squad. In 2013, after suffering a season-ending injury, Galuvao announced his retirement.[9]

Career highlights

  • First Grade Debut: 1998 – Round 8, Auckland v Sydney Roosters at Aussie Stadium, 2 May
  • Representative Selection: 2003 – Australia vs New Zealand at Aussie Stadium, 25 July
  • Premierships: 2003 – member of the Grand final winning Penrith Panthers, defeated Sydney Roosters, 18–6. Galuvao won a second premiership when Manly beat the New Zealand Warriors 24-10 in the 2011 NRL Grand Final


  1. ^ GALUVAO, JOSEPH FREDERICK 2003 - 2004 - KIWI #701
  2. ^ a b "Player profile". Parramatta Eels. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Galuvao to target premiership with Souths". ABC News Online. 13 July 2005. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  4. ^ Ritchie, Dean (20 June 2007). "Galuvao told: Quit for God". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "RLeague Player Information Page for Joe Galuvao". Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  6. ^ Massoud, Josh (8 August 2009). "Galuvao to minister to Manly". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Park, Nicky (27 February 2010). "Tate back for Warriors in Manly draw".  
  8. ^ Davies, Justin (21 March 2010). "Luke Burt celebrates 200th game in style". League Unlimited. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Former Kiwi Galuvao at peace with NRL farewell, 13 June 2013

External links

  • Player profile
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