Sam Kasiano is a professional rugby league footballer for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs of the National Rugby League. A New Zealand national representative prop forward, he has played his entire NRL career to date with the Bulldogs.
Of Samoan descent, Kasiano was born and raised in Auckland. He started playing rugby league at the age of eight for the Otahuhu Leopards but stopped once he started high school, however in 2007 he played for the Mount Albert Grammar School's 1st XIII. After moving to Brisbane as a teenager, he played for the Aspley Devils under 18s before being picked up by the Norths Devils Colts for the 2009 season.
Professional playing career
Kasiano was then signed by the Bulldogs and played for their Toyota Cup side for the 2010 season, where he quickly became one of the competition standouts. His good Toyota Cup form saw him rewarded with a spot in the 2010 Junior Kiwis team.
He made his first grade debut for the Bulldogs in round 1 of the 2011 season against the Wests Tigers. He went on to play 19 games in his debut season and picked up the Steve Mortimer Medal for Bulldogs Rookie of the Year.
In March 2012, it was reported that Kasiano had declared his representative allegiance to the Queensland Maroons and Australian national team, however Kasiano himself sent a letter to the NZRL indicating he wants to play for his country of birth, New Zealand.
He was last weighed in June 2012 and held the highest weight among the NRL heavyweights, of 133 kg.
Despite controversy that he would play for Australia, he was selected in the Kiwis squad to play in the 2012 end of season test. He made an impressive 113m as a starting prop in a beaten side.
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