Sam Panapa

Sam Panapa

Sam Panapa
Personal information
Full name Samuel Lameka Panapa[1]
Born New Zealand
Playing information
Position Wing, Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Te Atatu
1991–1994 Wigan 119 45 0 0 180
1994–1996 Salford 71 36 0 0 144
Total 190 81 0 0 324
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1986–1991 Auckland
1986  Tokelau
1990–1991  New Zealand 8 6 0 0 24
1995  Samoa 2 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP

Sam Panapa is a former rugby league player and coach who represented three countries in his career.

Playing career

A Te Atatu Roosters junior in the Auckland Rugby League competitions,[2] Panapa played club football in Britain for Wigan. He represented Tokelau at the 1986 Pacific Cup,[3] and later for New Zealand. During the 1991–92 Rugby Football League season, Panapa played for defending champions Wigan at centre in their 1991 World Club Challenge victory against the visiting Penrith Panthers. During the 1992–93 Rugby Football League season Panapa played from the interchange bench for defending RFL champions Wigan in the 1992 World Club Challenge against the visiting Brisbane Broncos.

Sam joined Salford in 1994–95 Rugby Football League season and helped them attain Super League status following a Grand Final victory over Keighley Cougars at Old Trafford. Following that game Sam announced his retirement and returned to Auckland Warriors as Fitness Coach.

After the 1993–94 Rugby Football League season Panapa travelled with defending champions Wigan to Brisbane, playing on at centre in their 1994 World Club Challenge victory over Australian premiers, the Brisbane Broncos.

He played for Samoa at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup.

Coaching career

Between 2006 and 2008 Panapa coached the Auckland side. In 2006 he was the Assistant Coach for the New Zealand Residents team.[4]


External links

  • World Cup 1995 details
  • Sam Panapa on the Wigan RL Fansite.