Glendale Raptors Signs New Zealand Prop Marco Fepuleai

Glendale Raptors signed New Zealand Marco Fepuleai for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old prop is 6’0″ and 262 lbs.

Marco is from Auckland, New Zealand and comes from a family that has produced two All Blacks. His uncles Pat Lam, is All Black 928 and is the head coach of the Bristol Bears in the England Premiership Rugby and Dylan Mika, who died earlier this year, is All Blacks 982.

Marco attended Auckland Grammar School and played rugby in the 2012 Secondary School Final. He played for the 2015 Blues Under-20s team against the Hurricanes in Taupo. He also has attended Auckland University of Technology since 2016.

Marco played club rugby for Ponsonby and provincial rugby for Auckland in 2017. He also played for Ardmore Marist South Auckland Motors, winning the McNamara Cup in 2018.

From 2017-2018 he played with Auckland in the Mitre 10 Cup making his debut against Taranki on September 8, 2017. In the 2018 Semifinals, he scored a try in the win over Wellington. Auckland then won the final 40-33 over Canterbury.

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He shared his thoughts with us on what inspires him to play “My grandma was my inspiration to start playing, I’d watch all rugby games on tv with her from a very young age. Didn’t matter what time of the day she made sure I was there watching even if it was early hours of the morning. Her passion for the game rubbed off on me. What motivates me to play at the top is my family, wouldn’t be here without them.”

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