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Friday Jun 19, 2020

This video of Taniela Tupou benching 200kgs shows why he's earned his nickname

This three month hiatus from rugby during the Covid-19 pandemic has meant players have been left to their own devices. Some have used this opportunity to hone in on or develop new skills, while some look as though they spent the entirety of the time locked in a gym.

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Photos recently emerged of France and Racing 92 hooker Camille Chat, who appears to have undergone the same lab experiment as Captain America, adding to his already robust frame.

Australia and Reds tighthead Taniela Tupou has used this time wisely as well, turning his attention to the bench press. The 24-year-old recently shared a video on social media of himself benching 200kgs with the Reds.

Now anyone who has accrued the nickname ‘Tongan Thor’ is never exactly going to be weak, but these are impressive numbers for a rugby player, and Tupou seems to know that judging by his celebration.

The prop may need to switch his attention away from the gym slightly over the coming weeks, however, with the Super Rugby AU season fast approaching. The Reds open the tournament on July 3 with a visit by New South Wales Waratahs at the Suncorp Stadium.

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