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Signing The Mole: Phil Gould and Bulldogs land signature of 'lightning' nephew of Kiwi legend

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The Bulldogs have signed one of the best all-round young sportsmen in New Zealand as they continue their build-up for 2024 and beyond.

Roy Tatupu, whose uncle Tony had a long and distinguished career for the Warriors, Kiwis and Samoa, has signed to play with the club for the next two years.

The Bulldogs beat a host of NRL clubs as well as Kiwi rugby outfits to sign the talented outside back.

The 17-year-old has played for both the Auckland Blues Rugby Union Academy and the NZ Open Men's volleyball team, as well as excelling at league with well-known breeding ground Mount Albert Grammar School.

Standing at 190cm and weighing 94kgs, Tatupu has lightning pace and has also shown promise in athletics and basketball.

But he has decided on a career in league and the Bulldogs believe they have found a good one.

The youngster's ability has already caught the eye of Bulldogs guru Phil Gould.

"Roy is going OK in the week or so he has been here - he has shown some really good signs at training," Gould told Wide World of Sports.
 

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I can see us having issues with figuring out which juniors we want to keep soon.
Sounds like we've talent oozing out of every orifice.
 

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I can see us having issues with figuring out which juniors we want to keep soon.
Sounds like we've talent oozing out of every orifice.

Thank God we have Gus on deck... he's generally good at picking out the talent + attitude/work ethic guys...also very efficient in negotiating.
 

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Sad part is the NRL dont make concessions on teams rearing stars and holding on to them so that eventualy all that effort by the club to produce stars of the future is lost to clubs that dont foster their own juniors
 
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