Olsen Filipaina

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Tuesday, 23rd April, 1957
Current Age
57 years and 220 days

Biography

Burly Kiwi International centre/five-eighth, the son of a Samoan heavyweight boxer, was one of five brothers to play for East Mangere in Auckland. Filipaina first came to prominence when he played for NZ in the three-Test series in Australia in 1978. Joining Balmain in 1980 his form during his five seasons with the Tigers was largely inconsistent and he was reduced to being a lower grade player with Easts and Norths. Filipaina undoubtedly reserved his best for the Test arena and he proved to be a major factor in NZ's upset wins over Australia in Brisbane in 1983 and in Carlaw Park in the Third Test in 1985. When his Test career ended in 1986, he had the second highest points total in Tests for NZ (6t, 44g - 108pts). In 1990 he captained Ryde-Eastwood to victory in the inaugural Metropolitan Cup competition.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New Zealand 1977-82, 1984-86 27 3 44   - 99 9 17 1 33.33% Match list
Overall 1977-1986 27 3 44   0 99 9 17 1 33.33% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New Zealand 1977-1978 1 3 -   - 9 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1978 1 3 0   0 9 1 0 0 100.00% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New Zealand 1977, 1985-86 6 - 8   - 16 2 3 1 33.33% Match list
Overall 1977-1986 6 0 8   0 16 2 3 1 33.33% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain NSWRFL 1980 17 5 3   - 21 6 11 0 35.29% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1981 17 5 4   - 23 5 11 1 29.41% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1982 23 7 21   - 63 8 14 1 34.78% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1983 12 - 30   - 60 7 5 0 58.33% Match list
Balmain NSWRL 1984 11 2 25   - 58 4 7 0 36.36% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRL 1985 8 - 21   - 42 3 4 1 37.50% Match list
North Sydney NSWRL 1986 17 2 24 / 28 85.71% - 56 7 10 0 41.18% Match list
North Sydney NSWRL 1987 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1980-1987 ? 21 128   0 323 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1980-84 80 19 83   - 225 30 48 2 37.50% Match list
Eastern Suburbs 1985 8 - 21   - 42 3 4 1 37.50% Match list
North Sydney 1986-87 18 2 24 / 28 85.71% - 56 8 10 0 44.44% Match list
Overall 1980-1987 ? 21 128   0 323 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Dane-Michael says: I found the story of Olsen Filipaina to be totally fascinating. I thought it was a complete mystery how this man would go from being a reserve grade player to being this amazing international test player almost in an instant. Finding out about him being subjected to racism during his rugby league career goes a long way into explaining this paradox. Racism in sport here in Australia must be dealt with severely as not only does it damage the victim unfairly, it deprives sports fans of the pleasure and privilege of watching a sporting legend at his best. Everyone loses out as a result. (18/05/2011)

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Last modified: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:41:38 +1100 (Sydney time)