Born: 2 July, 1990 – Auckland
Test record: 0 Tests
Tours: 2011 Four Nations
Warriors winger Bill Tupou attained Kiwis status by virtue of being a non-playing member of their 2011 Four Nations squad shortly after featuring in the NRL grand final.
A product of Kelston Boys High School who played for Auckland clubs Bay Roskill Vikings and Marist Saints, Tupou scored 37 tries in 49 games for the Warriors across the first three seasons of the NYC Under-20s competition (2008-10) before earning a regular NRL berth during 2010.
Tupou represented the Junior Kiwis at the end of 2010 and consolidated his first-grade spot later the following season, impressing in the Warriors’ memorable drive to the 2011 grand final. The 24-10 loss to Manly in the decider was tempered for Tupou by his selection in the New Zealand squad, but Jason Nightingale, Kalifa Faifai Loa and Gerard Beale were preferred to the 21-year-old on the wings.
The nuggetty Tupou played every game for the flagging Warriors in 2012 but was let go to Canberra midway through 2013. He played just 14 games for the Raiders before embarking on a seven-season stay at Wakefield Trinity during 2015, predominantly playing in the centres.
A ruptured patella tendon injury suffered during 2021 ultimately forced him into retirement the following season.