Rovers confirm Taulapapa signing

Rovers coach Jon Sharp welcomes Misi Taulapapa to Featherstone.
Rovers coach Jon Sharp welcomes Misi Taulapapa to Featherstone.

Featherstone Rovers have confirmed they have signed Samoan international Misi Taulapapa on a one year contract.

The 33-year-old, who joins Rovers subject to visa clearance, is set to be handed the number four shirt.

Rovers have not yet announced who will wear the number six shirt in 2016 but it is widely believed that will be Kyle Briggs.

Taulapapa started his professional career at New Zealand Warriors in 2006 where he made five appearancess in the NRL before spending three years at Cronulla Sharks where he made 33 NRL appearances, scoring seven tries.

In 2010, he signed for Sheffield Eagles where he made a total of 168 appearances, scoring 69 tries

Rovers head coach Jon Sharp said: “Misi is a really important signing for us and I’m delighted that he has opted to join Featherstone. He has explosive power and a very tough player. He’s vastly experienced in the Kingstone Press Championship and has considerable leadership qualities.

“He is a very fit bloke and I know he is really impressed with the facilities that we have at the Big Fellas Stadium. He is a durable player and will bring a lot of quality to our side. Like all our signings in the close season, he has great enthusiasm and works very hard for himself and his team. I’m sure he will become a fans favourite once he pulls on a Rovers shirt.”

Taulapapa said: “I’m joining a really ambitious club and I can’t wait for the season to start. I was amazed when I first visited the club to meet Jon and saw the facilities at our disposal. To be honest, I was blown away that everything is in one place and we have a base that we can call home. It is definitely the best I’ve seen in rugby league and this will stand us in good stead as we prepare for 2016. It’s a big advantage for us and I think we will be a force to be reckoned with next year in the Kingstone Press Championship.

“Jon is a building a good squad and the boys seem enthusiastic and willing to listen and learn which is very important. First of all my ambitions are to train as hard as I can and get to know my new teammates. I’ve set some personal goals too and as long as we all work hard and have the right ethos than we can have a successful 2016.”