Dylan Napa

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Dylan Napa
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Personal information
Born (1992-11-13) 13 November 1992 (age 25)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 109 kg (17 st 2 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013– Sydney Roosters 102 2 0 0 8
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013 Cook Islands 3 0 0 0 0
2014–16 Prime Minister's XIII 2 0 0 0 0
2017 Queensland 3 0 0 0 0
As of 3 October 2017
Source: [1]

Dylan Napa (born 13 November 1992) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League. A Cook Islands international and Prime Minister's XIII representative, he plays at prop.

Early years

Born in Brisbane, Queensland, Napa grew up in a family with a Cook Islands born father and an Australian mother.[2] He attended St Patricks College, Shorncliffe. he then went on to play his junior football for the Aspley Devils and the Brisbane Brothers before being signed by the Sydney Roosters. Napa also played for the Queensland under 18s team. Napa played for the Roosters NYC team in 2011 and 2012.[3] In 2012, Napa was named at prop in the inaugural under 20s State of Origin match for Queensland. At the end of 2012, Napa was named on the interchange bench in the under 20s team of the year.[4]

Napa cites Karmichael Hunt and Sonny Bill Williams as two inspirations for his playing style while growing up.[5]

Napa playing for the Newtown Jets in 2012

Playing career

2013

In Round 15 of the 2013 NRL season, Napa made his NRL debut for the Sydney Roosters against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs off the interchange bench in the Roosters 20-18 win at ANZ Stadium.[6] In his third match, against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Napa put on one of the biggest hits of the year on Sharks captain Paul Gallen in the Roosters 22-32 loss at Remondis Stadium.[7][8] Napa played in 7 matches for the Roosters in his debut year in the NRL, missing out on a grand final spot due to Luke O'Donnell recovering from injury. At the end of the season, Napa played in all three matches for the Cook Islands at the 2013 World Cup.[9][10] Napa made his Cook Islands international debut against the United States in the 32-20 loss at Memorial Stadium.[11]

2014

Napa played for the Roosters in their 36-14 2014 World Club Challenge victory over the 2013 Super League champions, the Wigan Warriors.[12] Napa played in 24 matches in the 2014 NRL season.

2015

In January, Napa was a member of the newly established QAS emerging Maroons squad.[13] He played for the Roosters in the Auckland Nines.[14] In round 2, against cross-city rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs, he scored his first NRL career try in the Roosters' 26-34 loss at ANZ Stadium,[15] and soon after re-signed with the Roosters until the end of the 2017 season.[16] Napa was included in the Queensland squad for the 2015 State of Origin series, being named as 18th man in game 1 and game 3.[17][18] He played in 27 matches for the Roosters, and scored a try, during the season.[19]

2016

On 12 January, Napa was again selected in the QAS emerging Maroons squad.[20] On 5 February 2016, Napa was one of eight players from the Maroons emerging camp who was banned from representing Queensland for 12-months after breaking curfew in Brisbane.[21] In round 6, against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the Roosters 17-10 win at ANZ Stadium, Napa earned the man of the match honours after he had scored a try, completed 40 tackles and made 151 metres from 19 runs.[22] Napa finished off the 2016 NRL season with him playing in 23 matches and scoring one try for the Roosters.

2017

Ahead of the 2017 season, Napa re-signed with the Roosters for a further two years, keeping at the club until the end of 2019.[23]

References

  1. ^ "Dylan Napa - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  2. ^ "Sonny Bill Williams Inspires Rookie Rooster Dylan Napa". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Toyota Cup Team of the Year". NRL.com. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  5. ^ Phil Lutton. "No regrets for Dylan Napa, the aspiring Brisbane Bronco who embraced Bondi". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Sonny Bill Williams Stars as Roosters Hold Off Bulldogs". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  7. ^ "Sharks Savage Roosters' Premiership Credentials". The Australian. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  8. ^ Brad Walter. "Napa shows old school head on big shoulders". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  9. ^ "Cook Islands Announce Squad For Rugby League World Cup | NRL". Triple M. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  10. ^ "Rugby League World Cup 2013". Rlwc2013.com. 1992-11-13. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  11. ^ "USA Tomahawaks Upset Cook Islands in Rugby League World Cup Debut". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  12. ^ Andy Wilson. "Sydney Roosters overpower Wigan Warriors to win World Club Challenge | Sport". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  13. ^ "Queensland name 2015 emerging squads". NRL - The official site of the National Rugby League - NRL.com. 
  14. ^ "ROOSTERS NAME 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 2015-01-24. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  15. ^ "South Sydney Rabbitohs down Sydney Roosters in epic NRL round two clash". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  16. ^ "Roosters re-sign Dylan Napa". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  17. ^ "State of Origin 2015 : Dylan Napa to Debut if Meninga Rectifies 43kg Bench Mismatch". Couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  18. ^ "State of Origin Game : Dylan Napa Bashes Himself into Maroons Contention". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  19. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-11-13. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  20. ^ "Maroons name Emerging Origin squad". NRL.com. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  21. ^ "Home | Live Scores & Latest News". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  22. ^ "Dylan Napa fires Sydney Roosters past South Sydney for first NRL win". Stuff.co.nz. 2016-04-09. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  23. ^ Carayannis, Michael. "Sydney Roosters re-sign prop Dylan Napa until the end of NRL season 2019". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 

External links

  • Sydney Roosters profile
  • NRL profile
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