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Taine Tuaupiki
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Manly, NSW, Australia
83 kg
  1. New Zealand
  2. Australia
Junior Club
Ngaruawahia Panthers (Waikato), Runaway Bay Seagulls (Queensland)
Signed From
Burleigh Bears
  1. Fullback
Contracted till end of
Taine Tuaupiki made his Queensland Cup debut for Burleigh off the bench in Round Six as the Bears defeated Norths 36 – 0 on Sunday afternoon.

Taine Tuaupiki came off the bench to play twenty one minutes and in that time ran for forty two metres (eight post contact), broke two tackles, played the ball at an average speed of 4.37 seconds and also made a tackle.

Taine Tuaupiki was named to make his Queensland Cup debut off the bench for the Burleigh Bears in Round Two of the 2021 competition against the Mackay Cutters. Unfortunately Taine Tuaupiki was a late scratching from the match.

Taine Tuaupiki started from the bench for the Burleigh Queensland Cup sides first 2021 trial when he started on the wing against the Titans at Burleigh in mid-February.

A week later Taine Tuaupiki started at fullback for Burleigh in their Queensland Cup trial against the Easts Tigers, scoring one of the Bears tries in their two point victory, when he backed up on the inside of a Shallin Fuller break to receive the pass from Fuller from his right to dive over midway between the goal posts and corner post on the right side of the field.

In Mid-March 2021 Taine Tuaupiki was part of the Burleigh Bears Nine’s squad that won the Gold Coast Nine’s Annual Competition with a 22 – 20 Final victory.

Earlier in 2021 Taine Tuaupiki was part of the Burleigh Bears GCRL First Grade side for the pre-season competition, playing at fullback in those rounds, including in Round Two against Runaway Bay.

On 9 February 2019, Tuaupiki played in the Warriors first trial game against the West Tigers at Mt Smart Stadium.

On 12 February 2019, Tuaupiki had his train and trial contract upgraded to a full time top 30 contract...

In Round Two of the Gold Coast Rugby League First Grade Pre-season competition Taine Tuaupiki started at fullback as Burleigh defeated Runaway Bay with Taine Tuaupiki one of the Bears try scorers.

Taine Tuaupiki’s try was a long range effort in the second half when he backed up a ling Burleigh break that was made down the left side with Taine Tuaupiki being positioned nicely back through the centre of the ruck to receive that ball and running forty metres to score under the posts untouched.

Taine Tuaupiki added a second half try assist when he chimed into the Burleigh backline to the right, skipping to his outside to draw in two defenders and throw a good short pass to his right to Lochlyn Sheldon who ran straight through the resultant gap to score after a twenty metre run.

Taine Tuaupiki continued at fullback in Round Three of the GCRL First Grade Pre-season competition as Burleigh took on the Currumbin Eagles and recorded two try assists as Burleigh completed their GCRL First Grade pre-season campaign with a 26 – 6 victory.

Taine Tuaupiki’s first try assist came when he took the ball to the line on the left and thre a cut out pass in the same direction to put his left winger over in the corner. Taine Tuaupiki’s second try assist came on that occasion on the right when he took the ball to the line down a short right blind side, throwing a good short ball to his right twenty metre out to put his right winger over.

In April 2021, Taine Tuaupiki was named in the Gold Coast Vikings First Grade South East Queensland Chairman’s Challenge initial squad.

Burleigh Bears talent Taine Tuaupiki took out the Petero Civoniceva Medal, Hostplus Cup Rookie of the Year and Fullback of the Year at the 2022 QRL Awards.

In November 2022, Tuaupiki was offered a train and trial contract with the Warriors during their 2023 preseason training.

On 9 February 2023, Tuaupiki played in the Warriors first trial game against the Wests Tigers at Mt Smart Stadium.

On 12 February 2023, after a great showing during the trial game Tuaupiki had his contract upgraded to a fulltime top 30 NRL contract...

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