Filipo Levi

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Filipo Levi
Date of birth (1979-09-06) 6 September 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Huntly, New Zealand
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 118 kg (260 lb) [1]
School Logan Park High School
Otago Boys' High School
University Otago University BA MA Pacific and Indigenous studies
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock, Back row
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)

Ricoh Black Rams


Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2002–07 Highlanders
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Pacific Islanders

Filipo Levi (born 6 September 1979 in Huntly, New Zealand) is a New Zealand-born Samoan rugby union footballer. He is a specialist Lock and can also play number eight

Matai title[edit]

Mulitalo from the village of Lano Savaii



Levi was part of the Samoa squad at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, but a severe eye socket injury forced him out of the tournament. Levi was a member of the Samoa squad at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. In 2008 Levi took over the Manu Samoa captaincy after long time captain Semo Sititi focused on playing and all but retired from International duties. In 2011 Levi again Captained Manu Samoa against Ikale Tahi Tonga in Fiji before playing the Wallabies Australian Rugby team where Manu Samoa were victorious in Sydney.

New Zealand

Levi grew up in Glen Innes Auckland before moving to Dunedin. He attended Logan Park High School before joining Otago Boys' High School where they won the national 1st XV competition in 1998 playing flanker alongside future All Black Captain Richie McCaw.

Levi was then selected for the New Zealand Colts that won the 2000 U21 World Cup in New Zealand playing alongside the likes of Carl Hayman, Kevin Mealamu, Mils Muliaina, Seilala Mapusua, Aaron Mauger, Gavin Williams, Clarke Dermody, Ben Blair, Rodney Sooialo, Jerry Collins and Richie McCaw

In 2002 Levi was standby for the All Blacks Tri Nations team. An injury in the All Blacks gave an opportunity for Levi to play the Springboks in Wellington. Levi was injured during a Dunedin club rugby game which made him ineligible for his All Blacks test.

Levi played for Alhambra and Otago before signing up for Super 12 side the Highlanders and went on to become one of their most capped players. After becoming capped by the Samoa he became ineligible for the All Blacks meaning he could not play in the Super 14, so he took up a contract in Japan.


In February 2009 the Ospreys signed him from Japanese side Ricoh Black Rams.[2] At the end of the 2008-09 Magners League he signed for Premiership side Newcastle Falcons as primarily a back row player.[3] In November 2011 Nottingham signed him from Newcastle Falcons until the end of the 2011-12 RFU Championship.[4]


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Newcastle Falcons". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "BBC Sport - Rugby Union - Ospreys recruit Samoan second row". BBC News. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | My Club | Newcastle | Samoan flanker seals Falcons move". BBC News. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "BBC Sport - Rugby Union - Nottingham sign Samoan lock forward Filipo Levi". BBC News. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 

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