Exodus 2018



  • @crucial

    But Anthony Pulu Jr appears as a reserve for FORU 15s final in Noumea in 2008 and there are photos of him playing for Niue in NZ (Growers Stadium) in 2009, when he was the goalkicker. Maybe that was a different Toni Pulu that just looks a bit like him.

    Roy Kinikinilau played for Tonga sevens as a substitute - but may well have been eligibile for them as of right - before he played for New Zealand.



  • @machpants said in Exodus 2018:

    @bones Yeah those welly sevens days were before eligibility became a big thing. It didn't matter and if you had injuries you just grabbed whoever was available. If I remember correctly Scott Waldrom made his international sevens debut for Argentina!

    Phillipe Rayasi became Scotland's blackest player in one tournament as well. Great stuff.



  • @bones said in Exodus 2018:

    @machpants sounds about right. Even I almost made it on for Samoa I think it was!

    Does "almost made it on for Samoa" actually mean you sat next to the Samoan team at breakfast one morning?



  • @smudge quoting the wrong person there!



  • @machpants said in Exodus 2018:

    @smudge quoting the wrong person there!

    No, I didn't. I was quoting Bones, who was replying to you. You're just tagged in the post...



  • Okay, I've been digging.

    Niue took part in the Wellington leg of the 2008/09 IRB Sevens World Series (6-7 Feb 2009). Toni Pulu was named in the squad and played in at least 5 of their 6 games; the line-up of the 5th game won't load. Interesting detail: Tim Nanai-Williams and Nafi Tuitavake were playing for NZ.

    Niue participated in the Wellington leg of the 2009/2010 IRB Sevens World Series. That tournament took place on 5 and 6 Feb 2010. Toni Pulu was named in the Niuean team and played in all five games (3 times as a reserve).

    Niue also competed at the Adelaide leg of that Series (19 - 21 March 2010). Toni Pulu was again named in the squad and played in all 5 of their games.

    Niue entered a team for the Gold Coast leg of the 2011/12 IRB World Series (25 - 26 November 2011).
    Again, Toni Pulu was in that squad and played in the two first games against Fiji and NZ (that NZ team included Charles Piutau and Frank Halai). Niue were a player short in the next two games, and his name was missing on the team sheets. They were back to a full squad for the Shield Semi (which they also lost), but Pulu wasn't in the squad. So I guess he got injured in the game against NZ (or suspended).

    I couldn't find a Sevens Tournament in which Niue participated in 2010/11 and 2012/13.

    About that Oceania Cup game at Growers Stadium on 27 June 2009 that @ARHS is referring to, that was a qualifier for the 2011 RWC against Cook Islands (won by CI 29 to 7). Niue had two players with the last name Pulu in their squad (15 and 21 jersey). Unfortunately, there was no squad list with first names on the WR website, so I can't say whether Toni Pulu was one of those players.



  • @mn5 said in Exodus 2018:

    @machpants said in Exodus 2018:

    @bones Yeah those welly sevens days were before eligibility became a big thing. It didn't matter and if you had injuries you just grabbed whoever was available. If I remember correctly Scott Waldrom made his international sevens debut for Argentina!

    Phillipe Rayasi became Scotland's blackest player in one tournament as well. Great stuff.

    Jo Nayacavou says hi from this millenium.



  • @bones said in Exodus 2018:

    @mn5 said in Exodus 2018:

    @machpants said in Exodus 2018:

    @bones Yeah those welly sevens days were before eligibility became a big thing. It didn't matter and if you had injuries you just grabbed whoever was available. If I remember correctly Scott Waldrom made his international sevens debut for Argentina!

    Phillipe Rayasi became Scotland's blackest player in one tournament as well. Great stuff.

    Jo Nayacavou says hi from this millenium.

    Tell us again how you won a a tournament for Samoa? I'll buy you a beer.....



  • @stargazer

    There is a well-publicised photo of him kicking in that match.
    https://spranger.photoshelter.com/image/I0000kcGKbU50ZMQ

    Is that the same guy who plays for the Chiefs? Names were reported in NZ Rugby Almanack.

    The 2008 FORU tournament was in Noumea. So, if that is him, then it seems odd how he got selected at that time. It was not a short drive down the road to Growers Stadium in Papakura.



  • @mn5 I didn't get picked, that's how.