He joined Sale Sharks in the summer of 2005 on a two year contract; previously he had played for Tynedale and Newcastle Falcons. However, he was released from the contract after the 2005-06 season, and went to Japan to play for Sanyo Wild Knights.
Taione controversially changed his name to Paddy Power for the duration of the 2007 Rugby World Cup in a sponsorship deal agreed with the Irish bookmaker.
In the 2008 Super 14 he was suspended for five weeks after headbutting a Wellington Hurricanes player, and was also suspended for 2 weeks in the Pacific Nations Cup after dangerously tackling New Zealand Maori Number Eight Tom Waldrom.
South Sea Trouble; Tonga Tearaway: If Epi Taione (near Right) Gets the Better of Jonny Wilkinson Tomorrow, Rob Andrew (Left) May Regret Keeping His Former Winger on the Straight and Narrow
Sep 27, 2007; Byline: PETER JACKSON ROB ANDREW once had the unenviable task of dragging a funloving youngTongan, all 6ft 4in and 19st of him,...
Let us pray; Never say dye: Jonny Wilkinson and Co need to beat Tonga whose players, including Epi Taione (inset) have been banned from playing with green hair.
Sep 28, 2007; England go into this day of destiny pitted against a nation with apopulation smaller than Rotherham's, whose players are...