Martin Taupau

Taupau nominated for Ken Stephen Medal after heroic Samoa campaign

The Sea Eagles prop, who is of Samoan heritage, has been nominated for the Ken Stephen Medal, proudly brought to you by My Property Consultants, for spearheading the campaign at the end of last year.

More than 5700 measles cases and 83 deaths - most of them under the age of five - were reported due to the outbreak.

Taupau and wife Michelle, the NRL's community relations manager, were "devastated" as the tragic situation unfolded.

"We couldn't believe it. We know how Samoa doesn't have the same resources that we have in Australia and New Zealand," Taupau said.

Martin Taupau pledges allegiance to Samoa after 24 Tests for New Zealand

Taupau was on Thursday named in New Zealand’s preliminary Test squad however on Friday took to social media to announce he had made himself available for Samoa.

“After hours of soul searching and plenty of discussion with my fiancee and family, I had to make a tough call to the NZ Kiwis coach Michael Maguire this morning to inform him that I have made the decision to make myself unavailable for selection for the NZ Kiwis, and elected to make myself available for the Toa Samoa team once again,” Taupau wrote.