Logovi'i Mulipola

Logovi'i Mulipola (born 11 March 1987)[2] is a Samoan rugby player currently playing with the Newcastle Falcons in Premiership Rugby. He has played 26 times for Samoa and was included in their squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He can play on both sides of the scrum.[3] Between 2012–2018 Mulipola played 131 times for Leicester Tigers, winning the Premiership Rugby title in 2013.

Logovi'i Mulipola
Birth nameLogovi'i Mulipola
Date of birth (1987-03-11) 11 March 1987 (age 33)
Place of birthManono Island, Samoa
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight128 kg (20 st 2 lb; 282 lb) [1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Current team Newcastle Falcons
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2018 Leicester Tigers 131 (35)
2018– Newcastle Falcons 24 (0)
Correct as of 19 May 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009– Samoa 31 (5)
Correct as of 14 September 2019

Playing careerEdit

International PlayEdit

Mulipola made his debut for Samoa against Papua New Guinea on 18 July 2009[2] and represented Samoa in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, where he came off the bench for 2 minutes against South Africa.

On 23 August 2019, he was named in Samoa's 34-man training squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup,[4] before being named in the final 31 on 31 August.[5]

EnglandEdit

Mulipola joined Leicester Tigers on trial in November 2011 and made his debut as a replacement on 7 January 2012 against London Wasps in a Premiership game at Welford Road Stadium.[6] On 11 January 2012 he signed a contract until the end of the 2012 season.[7] Mulipola started the 2012 Anglo-Welsh Cup final as Leicester beat Northampton, he was a used as a 73rd minute replacement in the 2012 Premiership Final where Leicester lost to Harlequins.

For the 2012 ITM Cup, Mulipola signed with Hawke's Bay, for a six-month contract deal. This only became clear to Leicester Tigers after they signed him after his trial with the club. On 25 April 2012 it was announced Mulipola would not be joining Hawke's Bay and instead signed a new deal with Leicester to keep him in England.[8]

Mulipola started the 2013 Premiership Final at loosehead for Leicester as they beat Northampton to become English champions.[9] Injury has restricted Mulipola to just 19 starts across three seasons from 2015–18.

On 19 April 2018 it was announced Mulipola had signed for Newcastle Falcons, another Premiership side, for the 2018–19 season.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Mulipola has twin sons with the sister of Martin Castrogiovanni.[11]

On 16 February 2018 Mulipola represented Samoa at a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the achievements of the Commonwealth diaspora.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tigers profile". web page. Leicester Tigers. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Logovi'i Mulipola". ESPN. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Logo-Mulipola-perfect-man-says-Leicester-Tigers/story-16725638-detail/story.html#axzz2V3zLp3Ne
  4. ^ Airey, Thomas (23 August 2019). "Alalatoa headlines Manu Samoa pre-World Cup squad". Samoa Observer. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Two uncapped players in Samoa squad for Japan". rugbyworldcup.com. Rugby World Cup. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  6. ^ Farmer, Stuart; Hands, David. Tigers - Official history of Leicester Football Club. The Rugby DevelopmentFoundation. p. 328. ISBN 978-0-9930213-0-5.
  7. ^ "Tigers secure Samoan prop". ESPN. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Leicester prop Logovi'i Mulipola signs new contract". BBC. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  9. ^ "2013 Premiership Final". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Logovi'i Mulipola: Newcastle Falcons sign Leicester Tigers prop on undisclosed terms". BBC. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  11. ^ http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Inside-Rugby-Leicester-Tigers-prop-new-dad-Logovi/story-22877378-detail/story.html
  12. ^ "Samoan Leicester Tigers prop Logo Mulipola has first proper visit to London for palace date with Queen". Leicester Mercury. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018.

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