Belgium Tuatagaloa

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Belgium Tuatagaloa
Date of birth (1989-09-19) 19 September 1989 (age 30)
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
Height187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight106 kg (234 lb; 16 st 10 lb)
SchoolMangere College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 Canterbury 1 (0)
2014 Wellington 3 (0)
2016–2019 Valence Romans 40 (110)
Correct as of 10 August 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2019– Samoa 3 (5)
Correct as of 14 September 2019
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2012–2013 New Zealand 9
2015–2018 Samoa 17
Correct as of 10 August 2019

Belgium Tuatagaloa (born 19 September 1989) is a rugby union player who has represented the New Zealand Sevens team, in 2012 and 2013, and Samoa in sevens 2015-2017 and in fifteens from 2019. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, he qualifies for Samoa through heritage. He has played for Canterbury in the ITM Cup and for Valence Romans Rugby in France's Fédérale 1, the third division. He currently plays for London Irish in the English Premiership competition.

Career[edit]

Initially a promising New Zealand boxer, Tuatagaloa fell into rugby in his late teens (2007) and the athletically strong runner impressed with his quick grasp of the game. He was spotted by Sir Gordon Tietjens, the celebrated coach of the New Zealand men's national team in rugby sevens, the All Blacks Sevens.

He quickly rose through the NZ development system and in 2012 his form saw him make his debut for the New Zealand Sevens team. For two years 2012 and 2013 he became a regular feature on the IRB World Rugby Sevens Circuit. During this time the All Black Sevens team was the winner of the IRB Sevens World Series in 2012 and 2013.

As a result of his good handling and defensive skills combined with his speed and elusiveness, Tuatagaloa also gained a contract with provincial powerhouse Canterbury in 2013 where he was also drafted into Crusaders Squad for the 2013 season. Tuatagaloa made his provincial debut for Canterbury in 2013. Unfortunately, a broken leg bought a sudden end to his relationship with Canterbury and the Crusaders Squad.

Once recovered from injury the Olympic rules allowed Tuatagaloa to switch to the Samoan national sevens team to play in the 2015 through to 2018 seasons which included a memorable IRB Tournament win in Paris 2016.

He played in France for Valence Romans Rugby (French Fédérale 1) and was the leading try scorer in this competition with 18 tries in the 2018-19 season. He predominately plays on the wing (left and right), but also plays inside-centre, outside-centre and fullback.

Due to fears over his availability during the 2019 Rugby World Cup his contract was not renewed for 2019-20 ProD2 season.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manu Samoa wing Belgium Tuatagaloa pays a hefty price to represent his country". Stuff.co.nz. 29 August 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2019.

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