Daily Shorts
The Herald's lighthearted look at the world of sport

Daily Shorts: Rampant 135kg schoolboy prop

Taniela Tupou - the 135kg Tongan schoolkid who is the quickest prop you will ever see. Photo / You Tube.
Taniela Tupou - the 135kg Tongan schoolkid who is the quickest prop you will ever see. Photo / You Tube.

From the 135kg 'Tongan Hulk' to a table tennis player with no arms, Daily Shorts looks at the light-hearted side of sport.

Remember the name, Taniela "Turbo' Tupou.

He's as big as a prop, quick as a winger, as mobile as an outside centre and now, the hottest young property in NZ rugby.

The 18-year-old Sacred Heart college student - known as 'The Tongan Hulk' - ran in three tries in the first 20 minutes of his school's win over Kelston Boys' High School.

Oh and he's also 135kg...


When the video of Tupou hit the internet it instantly went viral. Within 18 hours it has had over 20,000 likes on Facebook, 30,000 views on You Tube and has been shared on international websites like the Telegraph.co.uk, the Score and rugbydump.

Tupou is sure to attract attention from Super Rugby and even the Warriors once he's done destroying the rest of the Auckland's top schoolboy talent.

Hopping their way into history?

Fifa has revealed the results of a competition it ran to provide a slogan for each of the 32 team buses at this year's World Cup.

There are some real shockers in the mix like Australia's ("Socceroos: hopping our way into history!"), and Chile's ("Chi Chi Chi!, Le Le Le! Go Chile"), but we actually think Japan's is pretty cool - "Samurai, the time has come to fight!"

Below are some of our other favourites and here is the full list.

Desert warriors in Brazil

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dragons in heart, dragons on the field!

Brace yourselves! The 6th is coming!

A lion remains a lion

Costa Rica
My passion is football, my strength is my people, my pride is Costa Rica

Ivory Coast
Elephants charging towards Brazil!

The dream of one team, the heartbeat of millions!!

Impossible is not a French word

Black Stars: here to illuminate Brazil

Heroes play like Greeks

South Korea
Enjoy it, Reds!

Real men wear orange

No one can catch us

The king of spin
Think you're pretty good at ping pong? Would you still be good if you had to play with your weaker hand? How about no hands?

Check out this incredible clip of an armless table tennis player ripping it up at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Japan.

Battle of the codes: Australia's four sports leagues compared - interactive
AFL, NRL, A-League, Super Rugby - which is the most popular? Which one is played the most? And how do the players measure up statistically? The Guardian has compared how the national leagues for Aussie Rules, rugby league, rugby union, and football (including W-League where data available) stack up against each other in this pretty awesome infographic. It's worth checking out.

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