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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.