Anthony Tuitavake

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Anthony Tuitavake
Tuitavake MHR vs RM 92.JPG
Full name Anthony Tuitavake
Nickname Ants, Uncle
Date of birth (1982-02-12) 12 February 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 94 kg (207 lb)
School Massey High School
Notable relative(s) Nafi Tuitavake, Brother
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre, Wing
New Zealand No. 1072
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
NEC Green Rockets
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2001–2009 North Harbour 82 ((140))
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008 New Zealand 6 ((5))
National team(s)
Years Team Comps
2002 New Zealand
Medal record
Men's rugby sevens
Representing  New Zealand
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2002 Manchester Team competition

Anthony Tuitavake (born 12 February 1982 in Auckland) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays as a centre or on the wing. Tuitavake, of Tongan descent, is a fast attacking centre, who not only finishes backline moves himself, but also has the vision to create space and scoring opportunities for his outsides.[citation needed]

He had a great season in 2005 for both the Highlanders and North Harbour,[citation needed] before being signed by the Blues in 2006, with whom he remained until 2009.

He played for the world champion New Zealand Under 19 side in 2001 and for the New Zealand Under 21 team in 2002. Tuitavake is also a former New Zealand Sevens representative, winning a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2002 in Manchester and then a world title the following year. Tuitavake was named in the 2008 All Blacks squad; making him All Black number 1072. He made his All Black debut, starting in the 14 jersey, on 7 June against Ireland.

In 2009, Tuitavake signed a two-year deal with Japanese club NEC Green Rockets, with whom he debuted in the 2010-11 season.[1] In 2013, Tuitavake signed up with top French club Montpellier for the 2013–14 season.[2]



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Montpellier snap up Olivier". Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  3. ^ "European Challenge Cup final: Harlequins 19-26 Montpellier". BBC Sport. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 

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