Isaia Toeava

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Isaia Toeava
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Full name Isaia Toeava
Date of birth (1986-01-15) 15 January 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Moto’otua, Samoa
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
School De La Salle College (Auckland)
Notable relative(s) Elisapeta Toeava
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre, Wing, First five-eighth Fullback
New Zealand No. 1064
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2012–14
2014–
Canon Eagles
Kubota Spears
18
2
(20)
(5)
correct as of 1 September 2014.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005–12 Auckland 31 (37)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006
2007–12
Hurricanes
Blues
14
61
(15)
(91)
correct as of 4 June 2012.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005– New Zealand 35 (40)

Isaia "Ice" Toeava (born 15 January 1986 in Moto'otua, Samoa), is a professional rugby union player from New Zealand.

Early career[edit]

Toeava attended De La Salle College, Mangere East, he played alongside Taniela Moa in the school's First XV rugby team. He represented New Zealand U-19 where he was named the IRB's Under-19 2005 player of the year. He played at second-five for New Zealand Under 19.

Professional Career and the All Blacks[edit]

Toeava represented New Zealand in Sevens rugby, and in 2004 he played at 2nd Five for the Auckland championship-winning Marist Under 21 team, coached by Peter Tubberty. In 2005 Toeava was a shock selection for the All Blacks Grand Slam tour at only 19 years of age. He had had no Super 14 experience, and limited Provincial experience with just eight games for Auckland, and only a solitary start at first-five against Northland. He was criticised as a reason for the All Blacks defeat, along with Stephen Donald, to the Wallabies. However, two weeks later he started at right wing, and made multiple line breaks and assisted with two tries.[citation needed] However his continuing selection for the team was one of the more controversial selections during Graham Henry's time as coach.[citation needed]

He played his first-class rugby mainly at Centre, Wing and Fullback. He played his provincial rugby for Auckland in the Air New Zealand Cup and was drafted to the Hurricanes in the 2006 Super 14 season, but was selected to play for the Blues for the 2007 season.[citation needed]

He was instrumental in the success of the Blues in the 2007 Super 14 season, scoring 4 tries and setting up many others from the outside centre position. He was later nominated for Rebel Sport Super 14 Player of the Year at the 2007 Steinlager Rugby Awards. He was one of several players to be played at centre for the All Blacks in 2010 and 2011, a position which has seen numerous changes because of Tana Umaga's retirement and Conrad Smith's injuries.[citation needed]

Toeava played the final two games of the 2011 Tri-Nations tournament, but failed to score a single point. He then was selected to play for the All Black's at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He played the first game and he had a try disallowed as his foot touched the sideline.[citation needed]

Move to Japan[edit]

In July 2012, Toeava signed a two year contract with the Tokyo-based Canon Eagles.[1]

NZRU Annual Awards[edit]

  • NZRU Age-Grade Player of the Year, 2005

New Zealand Representative Teams[edit]

  • New Zealand Secondary Schools in 2003
  • New Zealand Sevens rugby in 2005
  • New Zealand Under 19 in 2005
  • All Blacks in 2005–07, 2010

Career Notes[edit]

  • Played every match in his first Super 14 season for the Hurricanes.
  • Scored two tries against Northland in his only start of the season for Auckland in the 2005 Air New Zealand NPC.
  • Received the 2005 IRB Under 19 Player of the Year award announced in November 2005 in Paris.
  • Scored 62 points in four matches for New Zealand Under 19 at the IRB Under 19 World Championships in South Africa in 2005, including five tries and 37 points from the boot.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toeava signs with Japanese side Canon Eagles" (Press release). Blues. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
New Zealand Jeremy Thrush
IRB International U19 Player of the Year
2005
Succeeded by
Australia Josh Holmes