|Full name||Brendon Ephia Tuuta|
29 April 1965 |
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb)|
|Position||Lock, Halfback, Stand-off|
Tuuta played a variety of positions including Stand Off, Halfback, Second Row and Lock. He was known as "the baby-faced assassin" and had a reputation as a brawler. He is related to current Warrior Lewis Brown.
He then moved to the Featherstone Rovers in England, playing in the second division. In 1993 he was suspended for six matches for breaking Nigel Heslop's jaw with a punch. He played Loose forward/Lock in Featherstone Rovers' 20–16 victory over Workington Town in the 1992–93 Division Two Premiership final at Old Trafford, Manchester on 19 May 1993.
Tuuta joined the Warrington Wolves for the 1998 season but struggled with knee problems. Despite deciding to retire after 1998 he reconsidered and returned to the Featherstone Rovers for one more season.
He was a New Zealand international between 1989 and 1995 and played at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. During his debut in 1989 he was involved in an incident where it was claimed he kneed Paul Vautin. At the end of the 1989 season he toured England with the Kiwis and played in Featherstone for the first time.
- TUUTA, BRENDON EPHIA 1989, 1992 – 95 – KIWI #608 nzleague.co.nz
- Your Favorite Moments Era of the Biff
- "New Warrior leaps to aid of snatch-and-run victim". The Sunday Star-Times. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
- Ask a tricky question and get some Tricky answers Sydney Morning Herald, 30 August 2002
- Leeds have to tame Tuuta The Independent, 30 March 1995
- Tuuta out for six matches The Independent, 19 March 1993
- "Rovers Dig Deep To Lift The 1993 RL Premiership". Great Players – Great Games. 2010-12-31. Archived from the original on 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2011-01-01.[dead link]
- Perth / Western Reds
- Brendon Tuuta CasTigers.net
- Tuuta Retires Runcorn and Widnes World, 2 October 1998
- Fearsome Fev for Ford fiesta The Racing Post, 6 February 1999
- Smith, Tony (30 May 2009). "Nothing better than bettering Auckland". The Press. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
- John Coffey, Bernie Wood. 100 Years: Maori Rugby League, 1908–2008. Auckland, Huia Publishers, 2008. ISBN 1-86969-331-0
- Tuuta Comes Out Of His Cocoon With A Halo Sydney Morning Herald, July 14, 1989
- Rovers v New Zealand 1989: Our Introduction To Brendon Tuuta Featherstone Rovers Official Site
- Alan Whiticker & Glen Hudson (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1.
- Ron Bailey (2002). 100 Greats Featherstone Rovers Rugby League Football Club. The Mill, Brimscombe Port,Stroud,Gloucestershire: Tempus Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7524-2713-X.