Castleford Tigers have officially announced the signing of Charbel Tasipale, the talented Lebanese international, for a contract period of one-and-a-half years, with a possibility of extending it further based on the club’s preference.
This exciting recruitment news is proudly presented in collaboration with ORB Recruitment, the official recruitment partner of the Fords.
Tasipale, aged 23, honed his skills at the NRL team Parramatta Eels, where he showcased his potential in the Jersey Flegg Cup during the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Following his progress, he was promoted to the New South Wales Cup squad, where he participated in nine matches in 2021.
In the subsequent year, Tasipale made a move to Cronulla Sharks and has since been a valuable member of their second-grade team, the Newtown Jets. His impressive performance this year includes seven tries in 16 appearances, significantly contributing to the Jets’ current third position in the league table.
Aside from his club accomplishments, Tasipale has also represented Lebanon in the World Cup held in the previous year on local shores, gaining invaluable international experience.
Castleford Tigers are delighted to have secured the services of this promising back-rower and look forward to seeing him in action on the field.
When speaking to castlefordtigers.com, Tasipale outlined just how thrilled he is to be representing the Tigers in Super League.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity that’s been given to me to play in Super League. Not many can say that they’ve played at that level so I’m very excited to move over. I found out last week about the interest and everything has moved pretty quickly.
“Obviously leaving home is a big thing but the moment I realised that this is what I’ve dreamed of, I really wanted to go.”
As mentioned earlier Charbel has been a standout player in the NSW Cup, a competition which he explains has more than equipped him for the rigours of Super League.
“This year for me has been really good because I’ve been doing the extra stuff which has paid off because I will now be playing Super League. In second grade in Australia, the competition is at a really high level because the boys who are not playing NRL every week will come down and play against us.
“When you are playing against those boys the game is really physical so it’s an elite competition and I’ve worked really hard to get my starting spot. It’s a really hard competition to crack.”
Tasipale’s adaptability to play either at centre or second-row will be a boost for the Tigers in terms of squad selection. However, the 23-year-old affirmed that he brings more than just flexibility to the pack as he pinpointed his rapid pace as a strong aspect of his game.
“Centre is probably my preferred spot, but I’ve been playing second row this year. Playing in the back row has given me the chance to have the ball more and get involved more in games. I’d say I’m both a second row and centre.
“I’m not afraid to make my tackles and I offer a lot of speed for a forward. I’ll do whatever I need to do to help the team win.”
Although born in Australia, Tasipale represents the country of his heritage, Lebanon, which he proudly played for in last year’s Rugby League World Cup in the UK.
Cas’ latest signing experienced a memorable moment in the Cedars’ group game against Jamaica where he scored twice at Leigh Sports Village, and he outlined that the impact the tournament had on him was a big factor in wanting to make the permanent move to this country.
“It was one of the best moments of my career so far. It made it better that every game we went to there were fans because I couldn’t hear myself on the field. The support we got from the UK fans made it even better and I’m really excited to play in front of the Castleford fans.
“I’ve been watching some videos and they seem really passionate so I can’t wait to play in front of them.”
In closing, Charbel wanted to provide a message to the Fords faithful ahead of him flying over later in the week.
“I’m excited to get started and get stuck in! I’m excited to see you all at the games and I’m humbled by the opportunity that the club has given me. I hope we can finish this season off on a high and I’ll see you guys soon.”
Castleford Head Coach Andy Last spoke of his delight in securing Tasipale’s signature and affirmed that his athletic ability will cause opposition teams problems in the weeks ahead.
“Charbel has been a standout player in the Newtown Jets team this year. We have looked closely and Charbel is very athletic and his line running really caught the eye.
“We feel his desire and ambition are what we want and need. The additions we have made we feel will create some competition for selection improving performance and ultimately help us get the results we need.”