Makasini Richter

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Makasini Richter
Personal information
Full nameMakasini Richter
Born (1979-06-21) 21 June 1979 (age 39)
Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight102 kg (16 st 1 lb)
Playing information
Position Fullback, Wing
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2001–02 Wests Tigers 24100040
2005 Canterbury-Bankstown 20000
Total26100040
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2000–06 Tonga 55005
As of 17 January 2019
Source: [1]

Makasini Richter (born June 21, 1979 in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga) is a Tongan former professional rugby league footballer who previously played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League. [2]

Nukuʻalofa Place in Tongatapu, Tonga

Nukuʻalofa is the capital of Tonga. It is located on the north coast of the island of Tongatapu, in the southernmost island group of Tonga.

Tonga country in Oceania

Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian country and archipelago comprising 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. The total surface area is about 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) of the southern Pacific Ocean. The sovereign state has a population of 100,651 people, of whom 70% reside on the main island of Tongatapu.

Rugby league team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby league football is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators.

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Playing career

Richter scored ten tries in his 24 appearances for the Wests Tigers in 2001 and 2002, including two tries in his first-grade debut. Unfortunately, Richter played during a particularly dire period for the club, with just 4 of his 24 appearances being victories. [3]

Joining Canterbury in 2004, Richter spent his first season in the club in reserve grade before injury disrupted is season. In 2005, Richter played 2 first grade games, and also scored 20 tries from his 20 appearances in the lower grade, surpassing the record set by Hasan Saleh. [4]

In 2006, Richter represented the Tonga national rugby league team at the Pacific Cup. [5] Earlier he had played for Tonga in the 2000 World Cup.

Tonga national rugby league team Tonga national rugby league team

The Tonga national rugby league team represents Tonga in rugby league football. They are currently the 4th ranked team in the world, and the highest ranked tier-two nation. The team was formed to compete in the 1986 Pacific Cup, and have competed at five Rugby League World Cups, starting in 1995 and continuing consecutively until the most recent tournament in 2017, where they achieved their best ever result as semi-finalists, and on the 11th of November, 2017 in the small nations final pool game of the World Cup, Tonga famously upset New Zealand at FMG Stadium, Waikato with David Fusitu'a scoring a match-sealing try on the 76th minute to make the score 28-22 with 4 minutes to go, in the final play the Kiwis had a chance to steal it but the ball was knocked-on (fumbled/dropped) by Dallin Watene-Zelezniak just seconds before Fulltime with the final score being 28-22, Tonga winning.

The 2006 Pacific Cup was the 10th Pacific Cup, a rugby league tournament held between Pacific teams. The tournament was hosted in Auckland and eventually won by Tonga, who defeated Fiji in the final. Fiji's Asaeli Saravaki was the Player of the Tournament.

The 2000 Rugby League World Cup was held during October and November of that year in Great Britain, Ireland and France. Sixteen national teams competed in four groups of four, playing each other once over three weekly rounds before a series of play-offs that culminated in the final between Australia and New Zealand. Tournament favourites Australia defeated New Zealand in the final, claiming their sixth consecutive and ninth total Rugby League World Cup title. Australian winger Wendell Sailor was named player of the tournament.

Earlier in his career, Richter was known as Jackson Kaufusi and Lipina Kaufusi. [6]

Career highlights

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References

  1. "Makasini Richter - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". Rugbyleagueproject.org.
  2. 2000 World Cup dazrl.info
  3. "Makasini Richter". Rugby League Project. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  4. "Makasini Rickter". bulldogs.com.au. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  5. Pacific Cup Tongan National Rugby League
  6. what’s in a players name? theroar.com.au
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