Peni Terepo

Peni Terepo
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Personal information
Born (1991-11-21) 21 November 1991 (age 29)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–20 Parramatta Eels 123 6 0 0 24
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–18 Tonga 10 4 0 0 16
As of 12 July 2020
Source: [1]

Peni Terepo (born 21 November 1991) is a Tonga former international rugby league footballer who played as a prop, second-row and lock for the Parramatta Eels in the NRL.


Terepo was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and is of Cook Islands[2] and Tongan descent.

Terepo played his junior football for the Mangere East Hawks before being signed by the Parramatta Eels.

Playing career

Terepo played for the Eels NYC team between 2009 and 2011.[3] On 19 August 2011, Terepo re-signed with the Eels on a 2-year contract.[4] At the end of 2011, Terepo won the Eels NYC Player's Player award.[5]

Terepo playing for the Wentworthville Magpies


In round 8 of the 2013 NRL season, Terepo made his NRL debut for the Parramatta Eels against the North Queensland Cowboys at lock in the Eels 10–14 loss at Parramatta Stadium.[6] In round 10, against the St George Illawarra Dragons, Terepo scored his first and second try NRL career tries in the Eels 12–32 loss at WIN Stadium.[7] On 5 July 2013, Terepo extended his contract with the Eels for a further 2 years until the end of the 2015 season.[8] Terepo finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 17 matches and scoring 4 tries for the Parramatta Eels in the season. Terepo was included in the Tongan squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, playing in one match and scoring a try against Italy in the 16–0 win at The Shay.[9]


In February 2014, Terepo was selected in the Eels inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad.[10] Terepo finished off the 2014 NRL season with him playing in 21 matches and scoring a try for the Eels.


On 31 January and 1 February, Terepo played for the Eels in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[11] On 2 May, he represented Tonga in their 2015 Polynesian Cup test-match against Pacific rivals Samoa, playing at prop in Tonga's 16–18 loss at Cbus Super Stadium.[12] He finished off the 2015 season having played in 13 matches for the Eels.[13] On 17 October, he played for Tonga in their Asia-Pacific Qualifier against the Cook Islands for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, playing at prop and scoring a try in Tonga's 28–8 win at Campbelltown Stadium.[14]


In February 2016, Terepo played in the Eels' tournament winning 2016 NRL Auckland Nines campaign.[15] On 7 May 2016, Terepo played for Tonga against Samoa in the 2016 Polynesian Cup, starting at prop in the 18–6 loss at Parramatta Stadium.[16] Terepo finished the 2016 NRL season having played in 23 matches for the Eels. On 8 December 2016, Terepo made his professional boxing debut in the Ladbrokes Charity Fight Night where he went against David Tuliloa but lost in the second round.[17][18]


On 27 January 2017, Terepo was stood down from the club for a number of weeks after he pleaded guilty to careless driving and also refused to give a blood alcohol test after he crashed in Auckland. Terepo was later fined $500 and $130 in court costs as well being disqualified from driving for seven months, Terepo was almost sacked from the club for not reporting the incident but instead was fined $15,000 for the club.[19][20] Terepo made his return to the Eels first grade squad in round 6 against the New Zealand Warriors, coming off the interchange bench in the 10–22 loss at Mt Smart Stadium.


Terepo made 20 appearances for Parramatta in a difficult 2018 season where the club finished last on the table and claimed its 14th wooden spoon.[21][22] On 30 October 2018, Terepo signed a one-year contract extension to remain at the club until the end of the 2019 season.[23]


On March 11, Terepo was stood down by Parramatta for allegedly abusing Air New Zealand staff in an alcohol-fuelled incident on a flight from Tonga to Auckland. Terepo was allegedly upset that he had brought his own alcohol onto the flight but was not allowed to drink it from his coffee cup.

Terepo was told by the flight manager to stop drinking his own alcohol on the plane but continued to do so. Terepo was also seen by staff acting inappropriately towards a female flight attendant. Once the flight arrived in Auckland, Terepo was escorted off the plane by police.

Parramatta released a statement saying "The club has stood Peni down immediately, including this week's Round 1 game against Penrith. The club will now work with the relevant authorities in New Zealand, the NRL Integrity Unit and the RLPA to investigate the incident thoroughly. This process will then guide our next steps. The club will make no further comment until the investigation is completed".[24][25]

On 25 March, Terepo avoided having his contract terminated by Parramatta but was fined $25,000 in relation to his alcohol-fueled incident which happened earlier in the month.[26]

Terepo made a total of 16 appearances for Parramatta in the 2019 NRL season. Terepo played for the club's feeder side the Wentworthville Magpies in their Canterbury Cup NSW grand final defeat against Newtown at Bankwest Stadium.[27]


In round 2 of the 2020 NRL season, Terepo scored his first try in six years as Parramatta defeated the Gold Coast 46–6.[28]

Terepo played a total of six games for Parramatta in the 2020 NRL season. On 12 October, he was released by the club after not securing a new contract. He left Parramatta as one of their longest serving players in the NRL era.[29]


  1. ^ "Peni Terepo - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  2. ^ "Cooks players shine in Nines". Cook Islands News. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Peni Terepo". Archived from the original on December 26, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "Parramatta Eels Prop Peni Terepo Turns Down Chance to Join Melbourne Storm". 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  5. ^ "Ken Thornett Medal". Paramatta Eels. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Cowboys Go Back to Back Pipping Parramatta Eels in Seesaw Battle". Retrieved 2015-12-25.
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  8. ^ "Eels announce re-signing of youth | NRL". Zero Tackle. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  9. ^ "16 - 0 Italy - Match Report & Highlights". 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  10. ^ "Squads For Auckland Nines". Rugby League Week. 2014-02-14. Archived from the original on 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  11. ^ "EELS NAME 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 2015-01-26. Archived from the original on 2015-07-07. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  12. ^ "Sam Kasiano Try Saving Tackle on Jorge Taufua Secures Pacific Test Win for Samoa Against Tonga". 2015-05-02. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  13. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-10-30. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  14. ^ "Tonga qualify for 2017 World Cup". 2015-10-17. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  15. ^ "Eels name 2016 Nines squad". Rugby League Week. Archived from the original on 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  16. ^ "Samoa holds on in pulsating Pacific Test". 2016-05-07. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Brutal grounding for Eels brawler's boxing debut". 2016-12-09.
  18. ^ "Paul Gallen beats Junior Paulo video NRL fight night: Chris Sandow and Todd Carney draw, highlights". 10 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Terepo could be sacked after car crash". 2017-01-27.
  20. ^ "Eel cops $15K fine, ban for careless driving". February 2017.
  21. ^ "Parramatta Eels NRL 2018: Season review, Brad Arthur, Jarryd Hayne". 2018-09-03.
  22. ^ "Custom Match List - Rugby League Project".
  23. ^ "Parramatta Eels announce contract extensions for four players".
  24. ^ "'Come to Parramatta' Eels prop Terepo sidelined after flight incident". 2019-03-11.
  25. ^ "The NRL off-season from hell has continued with an Eels star being stood down". 2019-03-11.
  26. ^ "Eels' Terepo free to play after escaping axe with $25k fine for booze-fuelled incident on a plane". 2019-03-26.
  27. ^ "Newtown reign supreme in epic decider". NSWRL.
  28. ^ "Parramatta Eels v Gold Coast".
  29. ^ "Parramatta Eels farewell 11 players in mass exodus following disappointing finals exit".

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