Brian Lima

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Brian Lima
Full name Brian Pala Lima
Date of birth (1972-01-25) 25 January 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Apia, Samoa
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
School St Joseph’s College
St. Patricks College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing, Centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)



1996–98
1999–01
2001–02
2003–04
2005
2005–07
Marist St. Joseph's
Ponsonby
Marist St. Joseph's
Auckland
Stade Français
Swansea
Secom Rugguts
Munster
Bristol





12
7
0
23





(5)
(0)
(0)
(25)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996
1997–98
1999
Highlanders
Blues
Highlanders
11
12
13
(30)
(35)
(35)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1990–07
2004
Samoa
Pacific Islanders
64
2
(140)
(0)
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
Samoa

Brian Lima (born 25 January 1972 in Apia, Samoa) is a former Samoan rugby union footballer who was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in 2011.[1]

He earned the memorable nickname of "The Chiropractor" for his shuddering hits both on and off the pitch that supposedly rearrange the bones of the victim.

Career[edit]

Lima made his debut for Manu Samoa back in 1990 and featured in the famous World Cup win over Wales in 1991. He was the youngest player at the 1991 Rugby World Cup.

One of Brian Lima's most illuminating moments came in Samoa's match against South Africa in a group match at the 2003 Rugby World Cup. As Springbok fly-half Derick Hougaard leapt up in the air to catch a hospital pass, Lima "dive-tackled" him, sending Hougaard crashing to the ground.[1].

He signed for Munster after an extremely impressive game for the southern hemisphere vs the northern hemisphere in a fundraising game for the 2004 tsunami. However Lima was injured shortly after landing in Ireland and never got to pull on the Munster jersey. He has also played for the Blues, Auckland, the Highlanders, and Secom in Japan. He signed a two year deal with Bristol starting in the 2005–6 season.

He is the only player to appear in five World Cups, his fifth being the 2007 World Cup in France, in which he came on against South Africa in Samoa's first game after 60 minutes.

According to the Samoa Observer, Lima announced that he would retire after the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Michael Jones, the Manu Samoa coach, announced Brian Lima as the captain for the first game of that year's Pacific Nations Cup. Brian Lima has been selected to lead Samoa against Fiji. This game was one of Brian's last games on Samoan soil.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RWC legends inducted into IRB Hall of Fame" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 

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