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Willie Talau

Another Belmore success story.  Was first spotted playing Metropolitan cup for Moorebank as a raw-boned 21-year-old.  The New Zealand-born Talau was given a one-way ticket to Australia by his dad for his 21st birthday to try his luck in the big league.  But luck had nothing to do with his emergence as a ket player.  Since debuting in Round 17 (1988), Willie has had an immediate impact.   The kiwi has monstered smaller opponents with his lethal fend and turn of speed giving the Bulldogs a much more potent look in the backline.  Despite his tender age, has kept a very level head and hasn't been overawed by the big occasion.

Date of birth: 25 January 1976
Place: Taranaki, New Zealand
1st season at club: 1998
1st Grade games for 'Dogs: 32
Total games for 'Dogs: 42
Finals Games: 5 (4W, 1L)
Grand Finals: 1 (1L)
Preferred position: Centre
Has also played: Second rower
Height: 179cm Weight: 94kg
Married: No
1998 1998 Moorebank Rams
1995 Junior Kiwis
1999 1999 New Zealand Centre Frank Endacott
Willie Talau 1998 Action Shot
Photo courtesy of Rugby League Week
Willie Talau 1998 Action Shot
Photography Action Photographics (Big League)
Willie Talau 1999 Portrait
Photo courtesy of the Bulldogs Backyard
Willie Talau 1999 Action Shot
Photography Chris Kapetanellis
Willie Talau 2000 Portrait
Photo courtesy of the Bulldogs Backyard
Favourite past Bulldog:: myself!
Person in the world I'd most like to crash tackle: Darren Britt
2 players I'd like to help me do it: Steve Price & Jason Hetherington
All-time Aussie sports legend: Mal Meninga
My favourite way to spend a day off is: relaxing
The household chore I do most is: putting clothes on a hanger
The last person I asked for an autograph was: Mark Taylor
The person who makes me laugh most is: Jerry Seinfeld
If I made a movie with a cartoon character it'd be: Taz
The thing I waste most money on is: my wife
If I could have a product named after me I'd like it to be: lipstick
If I could have lessons in anything I'd choose: tennis
The last website I looked at was:
My favourite golfer is: Tiger Wood
My favourite cricketer is: Mark Greatbatch
My favourite basketballer is: M.J.
Dog? yes

Dog data
App. Int. Tries Goals Fld Gls Points Ave. Hit-Ups Ave. Tackles Ave. Metres Eff. Tackles Line Breaks Offloads
2001 4 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - - -
2000 16 0 5 0 0 20 11.13 11.06 82 82.33% 6 11
1999 15 4 5 0 0 20
1998 13 0 5 0 0 20
Career (1998-2000) 44 4 15 0 0 60

Photos & Text from the Official Bulldogs website

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