Sailosi Tagicakibau

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Sailosi Tagicakibau
Sailosi Tagicakibau 2008.jpg
Full name Sailosi Tagicakibau
Date of birth (1982-11-14) 14 November 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 107 kg (16 st 12 lb)[1]
School Wesley College, Auckland
Notable relative(s) Michael Tagicakibau (brother)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005–2014
2014-
London Irish
Wasps
157 (285)
correct as of 27 February 2014.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–05 Taranaki 17 35
correct as of 27 February 2014.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005
2014
Chiefs
Stormers
7
10
(5)
(5)
correct as of 12 July 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003–11
2006–08
Samoa
Pacific Islanders
21
3
(35)
(0)

Sailosi Tagicakibau (born (1982-11-14)14 November 1982 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a rugby union footballer who plays at wing for Wasps in the Aviva Premiership.

He spent the majority of his career with English Premiership side London Irish,[2] making in excess of 150 appearances between 2005 and 2014.[3] He played international rugby for Samoa, making 21 appearances.[4] By contrast, his brother, Scarlets player Michael, has played for Fiji.

Personal life[edit]

Tagicakibau was born to a Fijian father, Isikeli and a Samoan mother, Lealofi. He showed himself to be a talented all-rounder in his school years excelling at basketball, athletics and rugby union,[citation needed] it was his first love of rugby that he chose to pursue as a career.

He is the eldest of five children; two brothers Michael and Sireli and two sisters Susan and Maggie. Both brothers also play professional rugby and his sisters have played professional netball. Michael and Susan have both represented Fiji in their chosen sports.

Prior to competing in professional rugby, he attended Papakura High School and Wesley College rugby schools in New Zealand. He played in Auckland Tailevu sevens team, coached by his father, Isikeli Tagicakibau.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

The Samoan started out as a back row player until his tremendous pace and skill was spotted, resulting in him switching to the wing. After college, he joined the Taranaki club and came under the guidance of the great All Black Kieran Crowley. He appeared in every National Provincial Championship match during his first season, scoring six tries and was subsequently invited to join the Chiefs for whom he played in eight Super 12 games.

In November 2005, Tagicakibau signed with English Premiership club London Irish and his debut match for the Exiles was on 28 January 2006 against Gloucester.

After nine years at London Irish, Tagicakibau joined South African Super Rugby side the Stormers on loan for the 2014 Super Rugby season.[5] After he left London Irish, Sailosi signed for Premiership rivals Wasps from the 2014-15 season.[6]

National team[edit]

Sailosi made his debut for the Samoa Sevens national team in 2003, making several appearances and becoming a team staple. Later that year he was selected as part of the Samoa World Cup squad, where he scored tries against Georgia and Uruguay. He has since represented Samoa at the 2007 World Cup held in France and more recently at the 2011 World Cup hosted in his home country of New Zealand. In addition, he has played for Samoa in the Pacific Nations Cup against Fiji, Tonga and Japan, as well as a number of friendlies.

Other notable honours include his inclusion in the 2008 Pacific Islanders squad and the 2012 World Barbarians team.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - London Irish". Premiership Rugby. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sailosi Tagicakibau profile". Premiership Rugby. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "It's Rugby Player Profile : Sailosi Tagicakibau". It's Rugby. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "ESPN Player Profile : Sailosi Tagicakibau". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tagicakibau to join DHL Stormers" (Press release). Stormers. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Wasps sign Samoan winger Sailosi Tagicakibau from London Irish". Sky Sports. 15 August 2014.