Tuimavave playing for the Warriors in 2014.
10 January 1992 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||94 kg (14 st 11 lb)|
|Position||Five-eighth, Fullback, Centre|
|As of 11 September 2016
Carlos Tuimavave (born 10 January 1992) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for Hull F.C. in the Super League. He primarily plays at five-eighth, but can also fill in at fullback and centre. He previously played for the New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Tuimavave is of Samoan descent and played his junior football for the Mount Wellington Warriors while attending St. Patricks School and Sacred Heart College, both in east Auckland.
Tuimavave is a cousin of former New Zealand Warriors, Newcastle Knights and Hull Kingston Rovers player, Evarn Tuimavave, and nephew of former New Zealand and Samoan internationals, Tony Tuimavave and Paddy Tuimavave.
When he was 16, Tuimavave moved to Sydney, Australia after being signed by the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Becoming homesick, he was offered the chance to join the New Zealand Warriors NYC squad in 2010.
From 2010 to 2012, he played for the Warriors' NYC team, playing in both the Warriors' 2010 and 2011 Grand Final victories. Forming a halves partnership with Shaun Johnson, Tuimavave was named the Man of the Match in the 2010 Grand Final and also won the Warriors' Young NYC Player of the Year award. In October 2010, he played for the Junior Kiwis against the Junior Kangaroos. On 30 August 2011, he was named at five-eighth in the 2011 NYC Team of the Year. On 16 October 2011, he captained the Junior Kiwis. In 2012, he became the club's sixth player to appear in 50 NYC matches.
In Round 22 of the 2012 NRL season, Tuimavave made his NRL debut for the Warriors against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, becoming the 177th player to play for the Warriors. He came on the field after 20 minutes filling in for the injured five-eighth, James Maloney. On 21 August 2012, he was named at five-eighth in the 2012 NYC Team of the Year. On 13 October 2012, he played for the Junior Kiwis against the Junior Kangaroos for the third time. At the end of 2012, he was named one of the top ten young players of 2012 in an article by Lifestyle Uncut.
In May 2014, Tuimavave played for Samoa in the 2014 Pacific Rugby League International. He scored a try in Samoa's 32-16 test-match win. In June 2014, he signed a 2-year contract with the Newcastle Knights starting in 2015. On 8 September 2014, he was named in the Samoa train-on squad for the 2014 Four Nations, but didn't make the final 24-man squad.
On 2 May, Tuimavave played for Samoa against Tonga in the 2015 Polynesian Cup. In Round 12 of the 2015 NRL season, he made his Knights debut against his former club, the New Zealand Warriors. On 25 July, it was confirmed that Tuimavave would be heading off to play in England next season for Super League side Hull F.C. On 27 September, he played in the Knights' 2015 New South Wales Cup Grand Final win over the Wyong Roos.
Tuimavave was given the number 3 shirt for the Hull F.C. side in the 2016 season. He began his Hull FC career in a 60-20 friendly win over the Hull Kingston Rovers. On 27 August, he would go on to make history as he played in the Challenge Cup Final for Hull F.C. against Warrington Wolves. Hull, having never won at Wembley Stadium in 7 attempts had to come back from 10-0 down with 20 minutes to go to win the game 12-10, giving him his first major trophy and going down in the history books as part of the first Hull team to win at Wembley.
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