Netani Talei

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Netani Talei
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Full name Netani Edward Talei
Date of birth (1983-03-19) 19 March 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Suva, Fiji
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb)
School Marist Brothers High School
University Welsey College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Number eight, Flanker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Doncaster Knights
Worcester Warriors
Edinburgh Rugby
Newport Gwent Dragons


National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006– Fiji 28 (20)

Netani Edward Talei (born 19 March 1983 in Suva, Fiji) is a Fijian rugby union player. He plays as a number eight or flanker.


He represented the Fiji U21s in 2004 after earlier studying at Marist Brothers High School (Fiji) and two years at Welsey College (NZ). After his performance with the Stallions in 2006 in which they lifted the Colonial Cup, he joined provincial stalwarts Nadroga. Talei then got the nod for the run-on team in 2006 to help Fiji defeat Samoa 23–20 in Suva. In 2007 he was part of the 30 man Fiji squad that reached the Quarter-Finals of the Rugby World Cup in France. He played in three pool games before picking up and injury that ruled him out for the rest of the tournament.

Worcester Warriors snapped up Fiji international Talei during the summer, from Doncaster. The giant back row, who has won fifteen caps for his country, signed a one-year deal at Sixways, with an option for an extension.

In March 2008, Worcester opted to extend Talei's contract and he signed a new two-year deal which will keep him at Sixways until 2010.

In May 2010, Edinburgh announced that they had signed Talei on a three year contract.[1]

Talei moved to Newport Gwent Dragons in the summer of 2013 for the 2013-14 season. He was released by the Dragons in October 2014.[2]


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