Andrew Suniula

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Andrew Suniula
Andrew Suniula Churchill Cup 2010 vs Russia.jpg
Suniula with the U.S. in the 2010 Churchill Cup
Date of birth (1982-05-01) May 1, 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth American Samoa
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb)
Rugby league career
Position(s) Wing, Centre, Second-row
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007
2007-09
Auckland Lions
Manly Sea Eagles

4
(
(12))
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing, Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010-11, 2012-13 Chicago Griffins ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011-2012
2013-2014
2015-present
Cornish Pirates
London Wasps
CSM București
San Diego Breakers
16
5
6
((15)
(0)
(5))
Correct as of 6 June 2015
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005-2007 Taranaki 8 ((5))
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008-present United States 38 ((35))
Correct as of 7 October 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Comps

Andrew Suniula (born 1 May 1982)[1] is a rugby football player who has played professional rugby league and currently plays rugby union for the United States national team at centre.

Suniula is currently signed to the San Diego Breakers PRO Rugby team.

Early years[edit]

Suniula began playing professional rugby union with Taranaki during the 2005-06 season, playing in eight times for the club.

Suniula playing for Manly in 2008

Rugby league[edit]

Suniula switched to play rugby league for the Auckland Lions in the 2007 Bartercard Cup, scoring a try in the Grand Final. There he was spotted by Noel Cleal and signed by Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.[2] Suniula played for Manly in the NRL. Suniula played wing, centre and second row in rugby league.[2]

Rugby union[edit]

After four years in rugby league, Suniula returned to union with the Chicago Griffins in 2010. The following season he joined RFU Championship side Cornish Pirates, appearing 16 times for the club during the 2011-12 season. Suniula returned to Chicago Griffins the following season before joining his first top flight professional rugby union side when he signed for the London Wasps for the 2013-14 season.[3] He made five appearances for the club during his brief one-year stint. Suniula joined CSM București for the 2015 Romanian Rugby Championship season.[4]

International career[edit]

Suniula has represented the United States in rugby union since 2008 and played in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.[5]

Personal life[edit]

His brothers, Roland and Shalom, have also represented the United States in rugby union.[6] Suniula has been tattooed by internationally renowned artist Steve Ma Ching, who also tattooed rugby players DJ Forbes and Sonny Bill Williams.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/suniula-powers-his-way-into-top-squad/
  2. ^ a b "League: Suniula thanks 'Crusher' for Sea Eagles break". Otago Daily Times. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Andrew Suniula Not Returning To Wasps". tiar. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Andrew Suniula Joins CSM Bucuresti". TIAR. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  6. ^ Kiwi gets contract with US sevens The Western Leader, 9 February 2012
  7. ^ "Sonny Bill's West Auckland 'tattoo brother' ready to face All Blacks". ONE News. Retrieved 30 October 2014.