Freddie Tuilagi

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Freddie Tuilagi
Full name Fereti Tuilagi
Date of birth (1971-06-09) 9 June 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Apia, Samoa
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb)
Notable relative(s) Anitelea Tuilagi (brother)
Alesana Tuilagi (brother)
Henry Tuilagi (brother)
Sanele Vavae Tuilagi (brother)
Manu Tuilagi (brother)
Rugby league career
Position Three-quarter
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1995–1998
1999–2000
Halifax
St. Helens

45

(84)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2000–2004
2004–2005
2005–2006
Leicester
Cardiff
Castres
76
7
(75)
(5)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1992–2002 Samoa 17 (10)
Official website
http://www.tuilagirugbyskills.com/

Fereti Tuilagi (born 9 June 1971) is a former Samoan rugby union Rugby player who previously played rugby league for Halifax Blue Sox and St. Helens. He played as a wing or centre and now is currently retired. His first name is often anglicised to Freddie.

Tuilagi is the oldest of seven brothers: Henry, Olotuli, Alesana, Anitelea, Vavae and Manu.[1] All but Olotuli have played for Leicester Tigers.. Tuilagi currently coaches children at his own rugby skills course named 'Tuilagi Rugby Skills Courses'.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Tuilagi was born 9 June 1971 in Apia, Samoa, and gained his first international experience playing for Samoa on the 1991 tour to New Zealand. He was also selected for Samoa’s 1991 Rugby World Cup squad but did not play in any of the matches.

Between 1992 and 1995 he toured with Samoa to Australia and South Africa, and was included in their 1995 Rugby World Cup squad. He played against South Africa in the quarter final.

Rugby league[edit]

After the 1995 world cup, Tuilagi turned professional for the Halifax Rugby League team, making 57 Super League appearances for them in two years, scoring an impressive 26 tries. In 1999 he joined St Helens. Tuilagi played for St Helens RLFC at second-row forward in their 1999 Super League Grand Final victory over Bradford Bulls. Having won the 1999 Championship, St Helens RLFC contested in the 2000 World Club Challenge against National Rugby League Premiers the Melbourne Storm, with Tuilagi playing from the interchange bench in the loss. He also played for St Helens from the interchange bench, scoring a try in their 2000 Super League Grand Final victory over Wigan Warriors. He'd made 35 appearances, scoring eleven tries.

Northern hemisphere rugby union[edit]

He left St. Helens in June 2000 and signed for Leicester Tigers, also making his return to the Samoa national side. He toured with them in the summer of 2002. He was also selected to tour New Zealand, but was prevented from doing so by an injury, which also denied him a place in national side's world cup squad. In the 2003–4 season his younger brother Henry also signed for Leicester, and his younger brother Alesana joined the following season. In 2004–5 season Tuilagi signed for Cardiff Blues.[2] Unfortunately injury limited the number of times he was able to play for Cardiff and was released early[3] In 2005–6 season Tuilagi played for Castres Olympique in the French Top 14.

Post playing career[edit]

Since retiring from playing, Tuilagi has acted as an agent for several players – mainly Samoans playing abroad through his company Global Bro Sports.[4] Tuilagi also had a spell playing American Football for the Leicester Falcons during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.[5]

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