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Clinton James Te-Whata Toopi
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Stratford, New Zealand
100 kg
  1. New Zealand
Current Status
NRL Titans 4 Tomorrow ambassador.
Status Link
Warriors #
Warriors Debut (Date and Match Details)
2nd May 1999 vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
Junior Club
Mt Wellington Warriors
Signed From
Mt Wellington Warriors
  1. Centre
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Toopi began his career playing rugby league with the junior ranks of the Mt Wellington and Otahuhu Leopards clubs. As a junior he was a forward but was shifted to the centres with the Warriors. His first grade career began with the then Auckland Warriors, debuting against the South Sydney Rabbitohs on 2 May 1999. He went on to play 119 games for the club, including the 2002 NRL Grand Final loss to the Sydney Roosters.

Toopi made his Test debut for the Kiwis in 2001. In the October 2003 Test against Australia in Auckland, Toopi scored a hat-trick of tries in the Kiwis’ 30-16 victory.

After another Test appearance against Australia in April 2004, Toopi represented the Kiwis in the Tri Nations competition (2 Tests) as well as the combined ANZACs team that defeated Cumbria in November. The following year Toopi was a member of the NZ team that defeated Australia in the Tri-Nations final.

In 2006 he was released by the Warriors to join the Leeds Rhinos. On 23 August 2008 Leeds released Toopi, due to a knee reconstruction that would keep him out of action for 9 months.

Toopi returned to New Zealand and switched to rugby union, joining the Whakatane Marist team in the Eastern Bay Rugby union competition. On 18 June 2009 it was announced that he had made the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union's squad for theAir New Zealand Cup.

He agreed to join the Gold Coast Titans for 2010 where he would play teo seasons before retiring.
  • 1999–2006 Auckland Warriors
  • 2000–2010 New Zealand Māori
  • 2001–2007 New Zealand Kiwis
  • 2002 NRL Minor Premiers
  • 2006–2008 Leeds Rhinos
  • 2009 Bay of Plenty
  • 2010–2011 Gold Coast Titans

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