PLAYERS | Frank Puletua


Panther 398

152 matches [1998-2001; 2004-2010]

16 points [4 tries]


Older brother of Tony, he debuted in 1998. Over the next four seasons, he would play 31 matches, mostly off the bench but occasionally would start in the front row. Of Samoan heritage, he represented Samoa in the 2000 World Cup.

He would leave the Panthers after signing with the re-admitted South Sydney Rabbitohs for the 2002 season. After two seasons, he returned to the Panthers in 2004.

In his second stint, he would once again be predominantly used as a bench forward before finally earning a front row starting spot in the final round of the 2006 season.

He had signed on with the new team Gold Coast Titans for their debut season in 2007, however, was granted a release on compassionate grounds in the off-season and remained at Penrith.

Puletua would start earning more starting spots in the coming seasons, and in 2010 had joined a select club being the 16th player to make 150 first grade appearances for Penrith.

He would announce his retirement early in the 2011 season although he had been named in the squad for that season.

A talented artist, he has pursued a career post football in this field. He was commissioned by the club to paint a portrait of all 17 players selected in the 2006 Team of Legends.


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