Sport

Peer pressure big in the Sharks' pool

Anthony Tupou of the Sharks.
Anthony Tupou of the Sharks. Mark Nolan - Getty Images

HE has been an integral part of the Sharks' forward pack for the past four seasons, but second-rower Anthony Tupou admits he will be under pressure this year.

And that pressure will come from his peers at the Sutherland Shire club.

Internationals Chris Heighington (West Tigers) and Luke Lewis (Penrith) have joined the Sharks, bolstering an already fearsome back row that features New South Wales captain Paul Gallen, Wade Graham and Jayson Bukuya.

Then there is Sam Tagataese and Mark Taufua, who have previously split their time between the front and back row.

If that isn't enough, Tupou, 29, comes off contract at the end of this season, adding to his desperation to play long minutes in a star-studded forward pack.

"Of course (there will be pressure)," the NSW, Australian and All Star representative said.

"But I see it as more exciting than anything (having to play well to get a contract) and not knowing what could happen.

"I signed a five-year contract at the Sharks and knew where I'd be for a long time, so this could be a good thing and it could make me more competitive."

Tupou is in great shape after a horror past two seasons, where he underwent radical but ultimately successful surgery on both knees.

In 2011 he underwent liposuction on his stomach, with the stem cells inserted into the cartilage on his right knee.

Then last year he injured the other knee, and had many talking after he opted to have a dead person's Achilles tendon inserted in that knee to fast-track his recovery.

But after emerging fit from a difficult two seasons, Tupou is now ready to meet the challenges for his position head on.

"I couldn't do a full pre-season last year, but this year the knees feel good," he said.

In other news to emerge yesterday, the Titans re-signed Queensland and All Stars representative Ashley Harrison for two years.

The deal will see Harrison edge closer to the 300-game club, with the 31-year-old sitting on 247 NRL appearances.

Topics:  nrl, sharks




Ipswich shed rip off merchant caught out again

Home of Paul De Bruin, 16 Corndale Street, Loganholme. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times Image digitally altered.

Former Ipswich shed man up to old tricks

'How do you like the taste of my p**s you dogs'

Ipswich Police Station and Courthouse. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

He saved his urine in a milk carton

7 times shonky businessman made headlines

Front Page

Former Ipswich shed man up to old tricks

Latest deals and offers

The Bachelor wash up: bacon, plank offs and that white rose

Richie Strahan, second from left, with bachelorettes Eliza, Faith, Noni and Janey in a scene from episode one of the fourth season of The Bachelor.

RICHIE Strahan meets some beautiful, and colourful, bachelorettes.

What's on the big screen this week

Matt Damon in a scene from the movie Jason Bourne.

MATT Damon returnx in the spy thriller Jason Bourne.

Have a laugh with Sydney's best comics

Luke Heggie is appearing at the Ipswich Civic Centre as part of the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase.

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase is headed to Ipswich

MOVIE REVIEW: Goldstone sure to become Aussie classic

Aaron Pedersen and Alex Russell in a scene from the movie Goldstone.

DIRECTOR Ivan Sen and Aaron Pedersen reunite for Mystery Road sequel

MOVIE REVIEW: Matt Damon in top form for Jason Bourne return

ON A MISSION: Matt Damon in a scene from the movie Jason Bourne.

LONG-awaited return of spy franchise is wall-to-wall action.

The Bachelor: Vinteaea tells why she had to walk out

Vintaea Carlos was one of 22 "bachelorettes" looking for love on the fourth season of The Bachelor.

Queensland beauty leaves Richie at rose ceremony.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley