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Reni Maitua

Reni Maitua (born 11 June 1982 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer with the Parramatta Eels of the National Rugby League (NRL).

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Reni Maitua missing for Leigh today - he had played in the last 15 games
Seems appropriate given the KF news that Reni Maitua is retiring. So glad Willie Tonga found him that night in 2013.
Reni Maitua explains why he's decided to hang up the boots.
OFFICIAL: Salford Red Devils have signed Featherstone Rovers forward Reni Maitua, until the end of the season.
Salford seal double signing: Salford have secured the services of former Australia international Reni Maitua a...
Deals done. Reni Maitua and Ian Thornley joining Salford Red Devils on
Salford sign Thornley and Maitua - Salford sign Wigan centre Iain Thornley and Featherstone forward Reni Maitua on...
Featherstone Rovers' Samoan international Reni Maitua has joined Salford Red Devils on loan for the rest of the season
BREAKING: Reni Maitua has left to join Salford Red Devils on loan until the end of the season
Former Bulldogs forward Reni Maitua has finally arrived in Featherstone after clearing up visa issues.
Your footy fix ahead of Round 4 of the NRL including forum gossip, Reni Maitua, Russell Fairfax and the latest...
All is forgiven it seems for Reni Maitua after Toa Samoa named the controversial forward for Sunday's crunch Four...
Reni Maitua gets Four Nations nod from Samoa to face Australia - The Daily Telegraph
Toa Samoa team to play Australia named. Antonio Winterstein returns to the starting lineup with Reni Maitua and...
According to Ray Hadley on 2GB, Reni Maitua was one of the three Samoan players involved in an altercation in a Brisbane nightclub on Saturday night. More to come...
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The Footy Show's story on depression in Rugby League. Featuring Michael Slater, Preston Campbell, Reni Maitua and the late Mosese Fotuaika.
I suggest anyone who missed Michael Slater's story about depression on the NRL footy show last night find a way to see it. The sooner people realize it's an illness and not just someone being 'weak' or 'soft' the better. Touching stories about Preston Campbell who tried to take his life while he was still playing, Mosese Fotuaika who got injured at training and went home and committed suicide and the most amazing story about Reni Maitua who was found by a teammate trying to commit suicide in his house just last season!
Canterbury Bulldog player Reni Maitua has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a taxi driver & he has also asked for the case to be dealt with under the Mental Health Act. Although Reni has stated he suffers from depression is this enough to warrant he gets special circumstances? It is instances like this that highlight how often high profile people try and bend the law to their advantage. This is a case the NRL needs to watch closely as surely he is also stating he is not fit to play rugby league if he cannot control his actions.
Suspended Canterbury forward Reni Maitua has opened up about his battle with mental illness and how teammate Willie Tonga prevented him from taking his own life earlier this year.
read a very INTERESTING article about how Reni Maitua nearly hung himself had Willie Tonga not jumped through a window at his apartment and pulled him down. it jus goes to show that no matter how good lookin, rich, famous and wel off u are, loneliness and depression is a sickness and people need to spread awareness. if u feel these things dont be ashamed to get help or if u kno someone thats showin symptoms, reach out and offer support because u could be saving a life! R.I.P Addicus Smith 2/1/1986-14/12/2013
2 great nrl stories in Sunday papers - 1 on Blake Austin and the other on Reni Maitua & Willie Tonga. Both inspirational and worth a read
Kangaroos denied Lewis RLWC replacement Australia's request to have injured backrower Luke Lewis replaced for the rest of the Rugby League World Cup has been denied by tournament officials. Lewis' campaign ended after he injured his shoulder slamming into an advertising sign during Saturday's 34-2 win over Fiji in St Helens. Under tournament rules, teams are usually not allowed to replace injured players but Australia were seeking special dispensation due to the circumstances of Lewis' injury. However World Cup officials announced on Tuesday Australia's request had been denied as it did not fall under "exceptional circumstances". The tournament did grant a request by Samoa to replace Reni Maitua with Tony Puletua, because the Pacific island nation had lost three players to injury in similar positions. The decision to deny Australia reduces their squad to 23 players heading into Saturday's final group game against Ireland in Limerick. Australia are expected to run out easy winners against the Irish, who we ...
EELS Return to training: November 7 Key ins: Will Hopoate, Lee Mossop, Nathan Peats, Corey Norman, Justin Hunt Key outs: Reni Maitua, Cheyse Blair, Jake Mullaney, Pat O'Hanlon Key focus for 2014: The only way is up for Parramatta and their new coach Brad Arthur, with Will Hopoate one of several talented signings. Englishman Lee Mossop and former Rabbitoh Nathan Peats will boost the forward pack but getting the best out of backline stars Hopoate, Jarryd Hayne, Corey Norman and the enigmatic Chris Sandow will be Arthur's top priority.
ok the short list of good players that are off contract are NATHAN MERRITT, BEAU CHAMPION, JASON CLARK, JEFF LIMA, BEN LOWE, Ben Hannatt, Justin Hodges, Corey Parker, Micheal Ennis, Reni Maitua, Josh Morris, Isaac De Gois, Andrew Fifita, Luke Bailey, Mark Minichiello, Dave Taylor, Jamie Buhrer, Glenn Stewart, Anthony Watmough, Ryan Hoffman, Cameron Smith, Nathan Friend, Willie Mason, Brent Tate, Tim Mannah, FoiFoi Moimoi, Jack De Belin, Brathe Anasta and Corey Paterson. that is a very short list of players of contract, who would benefit us by moving to the Souths Family I wonder, your thoughts anyone!
If you haven't heard Canterbury Bulldogs fans, Reni Maitua will return to the Bulldogs in the 2014 season
A good signing by the Dogs. Reni Maitua. STORY:
Reni Maitua signs with Bulldogs. Now what position should he play? Details here:
Reni Maitua thrown a lifeline as he aims to finish career on a high. Details here:
Tonight on Sportzone from 6pm on Blocker, Michael Maguire, Reni Maitua, Trent Copeland, Gordon Bray and Steve Keipert. Tune in!
Co-captain Reni Maitua has revealed his "relief" to have been shown the door at Parramatta but has turned down a mid-season offer at another NRL club to stay loyal to his teammates.
THE biggest clean-out in Parramatta's history was a month in the making, but the victims had no idea until they fronted their executioner. The only clue was buried in the middle of this week's football department schedule, distributed to the squad last Friday and advising of a "team meeting" with coach Ricky Stuart yesterday morning. It's understood about 30 players attended, with the attendees split into three distinct groups - Yes, No and Maybe. The Daily Telegraph understands seven players were told they definitely weren't in Stuart's plans beyond this season, while five could earn a reprieve should their form drastically improve over the second half of 2013. Co-captain Reni Maitua, backrower Ben Smith and hooker Matt Keating were the highest profile recipients of the bad news. The other players to be read the riot act were: Willie Tonga, Ben Roberts, Luke Kelly, Cheyse Blair, Daniel Harrison, Nathan Smith, Pat O'Hanlon and Matt Ryan. Eels staff also witnessed several players leave the meeting with red ...
Rumour that Reni Maitua is signing with the Tigers is apparently true, and could happen really soon. Heartbroken. - Emily.
Jake Mullaney named at fb to replace Jarryd Hayne for Parramatta. Cheyse Blair returns in centres. Reni Maitua also named in 2nd row
which one of the following players flicked by parra would u take back to bulldogs? Daniel Harrison, Reni Maitua, Ben Roberts, Nathan Smith
Would love to have Reni Maitua at storm ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
Hayne suffers injury in Eels loss By Will Knight AAP 9:08 PM Injury to insult ... Jarryd Hayne suffers injured in Roosters loss. Jarryd Hayne's Origin campaign has been thrown into disarray after he sustained a serious hamstring injury in Parramatta's 38-24 loss to the Roosters. The Blues custodian was felled with six minutes remaining as he desperately chased a chip kick, which was launched with the Eels trailing by just two points. But as Hayne reeled away in agony, Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello collected the scraps to race 60 metres and seal an unconvincing win for the high-flying visitors. The Eels co-captain entered the match from the bench after 26 minutes, and led a spirited performance in the aftermath of this week's unprecedented player clean-out. With co-captain Reni Maitua - one of 12 players told to look elsewhere - watching from the sidelines, Parramatta looked every chance of causing a famous boilover until the Minichiello and Shaun Kenny-Dowall crossed in the dying stages. Miss some ...
They played so well. Where was Reni Maitua while his teammates played so hard?
It is believed that co-captain Reni Maitua is one of the players told to look elsewhere.
Reni Maitua showing why he's been given the flick. Pulled old of tonight's game with a case of the sads
Reni Maitua 'like to have you in the trenches with me NOT lovin how your helping your mates
Reni maitua is an sook parra saved his career
sign Reni Maitua for next year, a good mongrel forward would do us, good friends with Mateo, and will fit in well
Feel bad for Reni Maitua. Eels letting go of real talent! Hate how Ricky stuffed him up. I'd happily welcome him back at the Doggies๐Ÿ’™
Reni Maitua shouldn't be picked in 1st grade again let all his team mates down and fans
Reni Maitua poor *** choosing not to play tonight because the club don't want him next year. May as well hit the drugs again.
Like if you think the MIGHTY EELS can win tonight.
can u help get Reni Maitua a club to play for nxt yr pls, he's too hot to leave the game again lol
Come on Reni maitua ya legend show them what your worth bloody inspiration!
Ricky Stuart says Reni Maitua left out of side because his headspace wasnโ€™t right with club deciding to release him after 2013 season
Reni Maitua, he's almost 31, his club doesn't want him, he has a checkered past and his best footy is behind him. Expect to see him in a knights jersey next week
Reni Maitua should of sucked it up and went out there and had a blinder! Proved them wrong.
Stuart says Reni Maitua's headspace isn't right, and is coming to terms with the clubs decision to release him
Reni Maitua chose not to play tonight. I dont blame him.
If Reni Maitua was a maybe, surely he just upgraded himself to an ASAP
I support Ricky's decision to fire half Parra's squad. Especially that pea-heart Reni Maitua
Reni Maitua ur standing in the middle of the field...grow a pair and put the famous jersey on or get off.
Wonder if any of the sacked Parramatta players end up in or ?? Reni Maitua would do well up there.
Why can't we sign Reni Maitua and give Adam Blair with money on top lol
Reni Maitua, Ben Smith, Matt Keating, Willie Tonga. All told not needed by parramatta! How the Fuk can they let Reni go he's quality.
Is Reni Maitua seriously not playing because of the contract culling? They should show him the door now.
A few changes to the Eels side to play the Sydney Roosters in tonight's Jack Gibson Cup - with Reni Maitua sitting the game out. Jake Mullaney will be our starting fullback, with Origin superstar Jarryd Hayne coming in off the bench. Luke Kelly will play five-eighth in jersey 19, with Joseph Paulo moving into the second row to cover Maitua's position. Brayden Wiliame will make his NRL debut tonight on the wing, wearing number 5. Kenny Edwards drops off the bench.
A lesson for Reni Maitua: Bananas in Pyjamas might not be getting their contract renewed too, but they showed up for work tonight
A couple of changes to the Parramatta Eels side to play the Sydney Roosters in the Jack Gibson Cup.
Have we seen the last of Reni Maitua in colours?
Late changes to both Parramatta and the Roosters ahead of the game tonight: Eels: Reni Maitua and Kenny Edwards are out. Jake Mullaney moves to fullback, with Luke Kelly at five eighth, Joseph Paulo in 2nd row and Jarryd Hayne starting from the bench. Roosters: 1-17, with Isaac Lui joining the bench.
Jake Mullaney at hullback. Reni Maitua choosing not to play. Club is in crisis. Jarryd Hayne on the bench too against the roosters -.-
TEAM NEWS for FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Eels see Reni Maitua and Ken Edwards ruled out. The big change for the Eels,...
Tonight was going to be Reni Maitua's 150th NRL game but that will now have to wait until next week v Cronulla
Late changes: Eels - Maitua out, Kelly five-eighth, Hayne on the bench. Roosters 1- 17.
The roosters have gotten SMACKED on fixed odds for 13+ in from $1.85 to $1.65 are the punters on the right track?
LATE MAIL: Reni Maitua is not playing tonight. See the full team list here:
Ken Edwards confirms Reni Maitua won't play tonight after being told to look elsewhere, but is at the venue. Live from 7
Eels Reni Maitua expected 2 sit out tonight, after being told he was 1 of 12 players not wanted 4 2014.
Yes with a write up by coach ceo and q&a with Co-Captain Reni Maitua
Cant believe Reni Maitua isn't playing for tonight why not show the club they have made a mistake
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The home game magazine featuring Reni Maitua as this week's pinup in the middle.
Game Update: Reni maitua will not take the field due to being 'too upset' after being told he's one of 12 players free to leave at the end of this season. Jarryd Hayne has also been publicly upset with the way the club went about the news. It has been said the board gathered the entire first-grade squad on Wednesday morning, before splitting the team into three groups - Yes, No and Maybe.
And now Reni Maitua isn't playing tonight :(
Nice one Reni Maitua, pulling out of tonight's game because he is not wanted next year by the club. Has been absent all year on the field anyway.
Late Mail: Trio of Roosters are right to back up. Reni Maitua won't play tonight after receiving news he is on the outer at Eels.
I know reni maitua (co-captain) is refusing to play. Its a fair few first graders named in the list
If people think this is bad then you've got no idea. Reni Maitua is just the beginning. This could get real ugly real quick. Brace yourself
PARRAMATTA co-captain Jarryd Hayne has conceded morale is low at the struggling NRL club after a dozen players were told they're not wanted next season.
Game day, at last. Here's the Sydney Roosters vs Parramatta Eels game preview. Additional note: Reni Maitua has withdrawn due to the way the axing of 12 players next year has been handled.
Reni Maitua showing just how much class and dignity Kevin Kingston has.
Fsend Reni Maitua to the Roosters or Melbs where he can play some good footy like he use too!! Hasnt played his best since hes been back in the game @ The Eels!! Good on ya for pulling out cause they just aint worth it.
difficult to say what they will do. If Reni Maitua has set the bar then I expect that parra will crumble.
This is my team for Round 13. Made only one trade so far, Reni Maitua for Dale Finucane
Reni Maitua is refusing to play and has pulled out of tonight's game against the Roosters because he won't be there next year.
Cant believe the eels are letting Reni Maitua go, someone like wayne bennett or craig bellamy will snap him up and he will carve it i have a feeling
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Reni Maitua has withdrawn from tonights game after being told he wont be needed after seasons end Paul Gallen will miss this weekends game against melbourne after taking the early guilty plea
The late ins, outs and injury news heading into Round 13 of the Telstra Premiership.
Reni Maitua should go straight to the Sharks!!
I can't believe people actually say that Reni Maitua is a "quality" player. It baffles me that he is even contracted to an NRL club!
Parramatta Eels captain Reni Maitua pulls out of Sydney Roosters clash over player exit drama
Reni Maitua has pulled out of tonight's game. If you listened to you'll know this doesn't surprise me.
Reni Maitua to sit out of Eels clash with Roosters over mass axings -
it is at Parra - my bad. Reni Maitua didn't want to even play.
A day after 12 players were told they were unwanted by the club, Wests Tigersโ€™ Adam Blair has emerged as one of the Parramatta Eelsโ€™ key recruitment targets.
seems like Reni Maitua wants out of eels, bring him in for costingan?
Reni Maitua reportedly won't play 4 Parra tonight after being told he's 1 of 12players unwanted by the Eels - Good or bad time to play them?
Poor form getting an email from with Reni Maitua featured next to 'Proud history, new beginning'
I reckon the broncos should make a play for Reni Maitua
"Reni Maitua has reportedly pulled out of Parramatta's clash with the Sydney Roosters |
Wow Reni Maitua has chosen not to play tonight? Very interesting decision!
Hard not to agree with Ricky Stuart, the only one out of them I may question letting go is Maitua.
What do you guys thing of Ricky Stuarts decision to drop 12 players from 2014 including co-captain Reni Maitua
Bit of transfer news today; The Canterbury Bulldogs close in on a deal to sign new Wallaby Israel Folau St George Illawarra are keen to release the troublesome Jamie Soward from the final four months of his contract AFL clubs Essendon and Brisbane are seeking to sign rising Broncos star Joseph Forrester Parramatta are reportedly sacking up to 12 players including: Reni Maitua, Ben Smith, Matt Keating, Willie Tonga and Ben Roberts
Ricky Stuart sat down with 12 eels players yesterday and told them they where no longer wanted at the club. They will finish this year but many where visibly upset even tears at the news. Reni maitua, Ben Smith, and matt keating are 3 of the highest casulties cheyse blair,daniel, harrison, pat o,hanlon, Willie Tonga, Luke Kelly, mat ryan and Nathan Smith also Ben Roberts. Ricky called the meeting of 30 players n said seven where going, 5 had a chance to maybe stay. This would be the biggest clean out of players in the eels history.
Parramatta Eels Coach Ricky Stuart putting a few heads on the chopping block... Thinking of axing Reni Maitua, Ben Smith and Willie Tonga, just a few names brought up.
Parramatta coach Ricky Stuart has reportedly told at least a dozen players they won't be retained at the struggling NRL club next year.
So reading on wwos that the eels are sacking 12 players. Ben Roberts Willie Tonga, Reni Maitua to name a few. But them in a good side they will do alright I think.
With the club announcing a major clean out, who do you think is a certainty to be told they are not needed next year? - Emily.
Jack Buchanan, Tohu Harris, Geroge Burgess, Michael Gordon, Matt Gillett, Reni Maitua and Edrick Lee should all get DT increase tomorrow.
Ricky Stuart is confident Jarryd Hayne, Reni Maitua and Tim Mannah can help spark something special at the Eels I WAS at the football club one morning when I bumped into Jarryd Hayne. I hadn't been at Parramatta long and hadn't really had a chance to speak with him, even though the papers were already starting to speculate about what I might do - or won't be able to do - when I still wasn't sure myself. The one statement I have remained consistent to with Jarryd is that he would tell me himself what he wanted to do this season by his actions on the training paddock. So, this particular morning, I said to him, "Let's grab a cup of coffee". I'd already known him for some years by this time. I'd picked him for NSW and then overlooked him in 2011 when I did not believe his attitude was where it should have been. Importantly, though, it's worth remembering that whenever I have had to coach him, it has always been for a short stint with a team around him at the top tier of our game. So there was no agenda, I ju ...
*** ..Reni Maitua is now a co-captain at the Eels...2 years ago he was serving a drug ban and now a Captain. So much for zero tolerance, seems taking drugs in sport raises your profile. Wendle Sailor does Coke...congrats mate we will make you a commentator, Andrew Johns takes party drugs.congrats mate will we induct you into the hall of fame, Mark Bosnich coke addiction...congrats mate you are now a commentator. What message will kids in sport take home from this?
Parramatta's new era under Ricky Stuart melted in the face of a Benji Marshall master class, with the Wests Tigers demolishing last year's wooden spooners 41-4 in an NRL trial match at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday. The Eels looked every bit as disjointed as at their lowest ebb in 2012 and must be wondering how much off-contract star Jarryd Hayne, who was rested, will be able to fix when he returns. Parramatta, in their first near full-strength hitout under Stuart, were missing just Hayne and back-rowers Ben Smith (knee) and Reni Maitua (suspension), but were completely outclassed by the crisp Tigers. So thorough was the mauling, Marshall and Tigers captain Robbie Farah were given early showers after giving Parramatta a bath, with new coach *** Potter dragging them from the field with half an hour to go. It was also a dream debut for Tigers recruit Braith Anasta, who bagged two of the four tries set up by Marshall's magic. Anasta, the former Sydney Roosters skipper who left the club in acrimonious cir ...
Reni Maitua (Born in Aus) wants to recruit Sonny Bill Williams (Born in NZ) to play for Samoa.
Music video for new single Showtime by Kid Mac. Features World Surfing Champ Taj Burrow and NRL star Reni Maitua. Single now avai...
Reni Maitua looks to offload during a Parramatta training session. Picture: Gregg Porteous Source: The Daily Telegraph RENI Maitua remains firmly in the frame to become Parramatta's next skipper, despite his involvement in a Kings Cross altercation last weekend. In fact, Maitua's leadership claims have risen as a result of the incident. High-ranking Eels officials are impressed that Maitua - a member of the notorious Bra Boys - did not retaliate after he was floored from a punch thrown by NYC clubmate Shaun Anderson. The 30-year-old held his composure and informed club management the next day. "A few years ago, Reni definitely would have given as good as he got," a club insider said. "But he did the right thing and let us know. That shows he's come a long way." Before Sunday morning's drama, Maitua was involved in a four-way captaincy tussle with Jarryd Hayne, Ben Smith and Tim Mannah. Although he's the individual star of the team, Hayne's leadership skills are unproven. Mannah made regular dressing room ...
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Parramatta have sacked U20s player Shaun Anderson for knocking out team-mate Reni Maitua during an altercation in Kings Cross.
PARRAMATTA have sacked Toyota Cup player Shaun Anderson for knocking out clubmate Reni Maitua on a night out in Kings Cross.
Reni Maitua's suspension means he misses two trials. Could Penrith not have lined up 30 trials to free up Travis Burns?
Parramatta Matt Ryan into the second row replacing the suspended Reni Maitua, Ben Smith into lock with Joseph Paulo the bench
Late mail is in! Ryan Morgan is out and looks like Reni Maitua will replace him at centre, click through for other changes!
Reni Maitua charged by NRL match review committee for high shot on Brett Stewart but free to play this weekend with early guilty plea
74mins: Reni Maitua on report for a high shot on Brett Stewart.
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