|Born||16 October 1994|
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||189 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||97 kg (15 st 4 lb)|
|Position||Wing, Fullback, Centre|
As of 3 December 2018
David Fusitu'a is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the New Zealand Warriors in the National Rugby League. A Tonga and New Zealand international representative, he plays primarily on the wing, centre and fullback.
Fusitu'a was signed by the New Zealand Warriors and played for the Junior Warriors in 2012 as a 17-year-old. In 2013 he played in the side that lost the Holden Cup grand final and also spent time with the Auckland Vulcans in the NSW Cup. Fusitu'a played for New Zealand under-18s in 2011 and the Junior Kiwis in 2012 and 2013. Fusitu'a was named in the train on squad for Tonga for the 2013 World Cup but was not selected in the final squad.
In February 2014, Fusitu'a was selected for the Warriors inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad. In Round 2 of the 2014 NRL season, Fusitu'a made his first grade debut for the New Zealand Warriors on the wing, replacing the injured Manu Vatuvei in the Warriors 31-12 loss at Eden Park. In Round 8 in the ANZAC Day match against the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park, he scored his first first grade try in the Warriors 16-10 win and he finished off his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 12 matches and scoring 7 tries for the Warriors in the 2014 NRL season. On 9 September 2014, Fusitu'a was selected for the New Zealand Kiwis 2014 Rugby League Four Nations train on squad. On 12 December 2014, Fusitu'a re-signed with the New Zealand Warriors on a 2-year contract, keeping him at the club to the end of the 2017 season.
In February, Fusitu'a played for the Warriors in the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines. In Round 7 against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Fusitu’a made his return to the Warriors first grade team for the first time since Round 19 of the 2015 season, playing on the wing and scoring a try in the 24-20 win at Westpac Stadium. On 7 May 2016, Fusitu'a made his International debut for Tonga against Samoa in the 2016 Polynesian Cup where he played at fullback in the 18-6 loss at Parramatta Stadium. In Round 14, Fusitu'a scored a career high 4 tries against the Newcastle Knights in their 50-14 win in Hunter Stadium.
Fusitu’a finished the 2016 NRL season with him playing in 18 matches and scoring 11 tries for the Warriors. On 4 October 2016, Fusitu’a was selected in the New Zealand Kiwis 24-man squad for the 2016 Four Nations. On 6 October 2016, Fusitu'a extended his contract with the Warriors to the end of the 2019 season. On 11 November 2016, Fusitu’a made his international debut for New Zealand against Scotland, playing on the wing and scoring 2 tries in the shock 18-18 all draw at Derwent Park. On 20 November 2016, Fusitu’a would make his second appearance the Kiwis, playing in the 2016 Four Nations Final against Australia on the wing in the 34-8 loss at Anfield. Fusitu’a played in 2 matches and scored 2 tries in the tournament.
In Round 1, against the Newcastle Knights, Fusitu’a scored his first career hattrick of tries in the 26-22 win at Mt Smart Stadium. Fusitu’a finished the 2017 NRL season with him playing in all of the Warriors 24 matches and scoring 12 tries. On 4 October, Fusitu’a was selected in the 24-man squad for Tonga for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup after defecting from New Zealand. On 11 November, in the highly entertaining clash against New Zealand, he scored a hattrick of tries as Tonga pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament, defeating the Kiwis 28-22 at Waikato Stadium. In the next match against Lebanon, Fusitu’a scored a double in the nail biting 24-22 victory at Lancaster Park. Fusitu’a played in 4 matches and scored 5 tries for Tonga in their outstanding tournament.
Following a breakout performance for Tonga in the World Cup, in 2018 Fusitu'a produced the finest NRL season of his career to date with the Warriors. He appeared in 23 games and scored 23 tries, (including two hat-tricks and five doubles), finishing as the NRL's top tryscorer for 2018. The Warriors finished in the top 8 for the first time since 2011, with Fusitu'a scoring a try in their qualifying final loss to Penrith. In the annual NRL.com Player's Poll, he earnt 21% of the Best Winger votes, the second highest behind Josh Addo-Carr who polled 27%. His meteoric rise was cemented in August when the Warriors signed him to a long-term deal, ensuring he would stay with the club until the end of 2023.
He was named on the wing again for Tonga in their historic first-ever Test match with the Australian Kangaroos on 20 October 2018, played in front of a sold-out crowd at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland.
Achievements and accolades
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