He’s been a fixture of the Penrith Panthers dominant NSW Cup side but the 2015 injury crisis meant Tupou Topoaga’s services were called upon by the NRL squad late in the season.
PLAYER RATING: 6/10
Tupou was solid in his 5 matches this year, often only getting minimal minutes off the bench but they were quality minutes and provided needed contrast from the sideways tomfoolery of Peachey & Co.
With a full compliment of players back for 2016 it’s unlikely we’ll see Sopoaga back in first grade any time soon but that’s through no fault of his own – he just happened to be recruited by a team overflowing with lovable edge forwards.
Sopoaga will be part of another successful Penrith Panthers NSW Cup campaign in 2016 and will no doubt be demanding the most out of opposition defenses.