Henry Fa'afili

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Henry Fa'afili
Henry Fa'afili.jpg
Fa'afili while playing for Warrington in 2007.
Personal information
Full name Henry Aau Fa'afili[1]
Nickname Falafel, Fraud-fili
Born (1980-05-30) 30 May 1980 (age 36)
Apia, Samoa
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 93 kg (14 st 7 lb)
Playing information
Rugby league
Position Wing, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000–03 Auckland Warriors 94 38 0 0 152
2004–07 Warrington Wolves 91 70 0 0 288
Total 185 108 0 0 440
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000 Samoa 4 2 8
2001–06 New Zealand 9 5 0 0 20
Rugby union
Position Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–10 Biarritz Olympique 24 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Leeds Carnegie 43 5 0 0 25
2011–12 Connacht Rugby 22 0 0 0 0
Total 89 5 0 0 25
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–09 Samoa 10 1 0 0 (5)
As of 16 November 2011

Henry Fa'afili (born 30 May 1980 in Apia, Samoa) is a Samoan rugby footballer. He originally played rugby league but switched codes in 2007 to play rugby union. Fa'afili's position of choice is on the wing or in the centres. Fa'afili has been capped in rugby league for New Zealand and Samoa.

Early years[edit]

Fa'afili was educated at both Manurewa High School and De La Salle College, Mangere East. He represented both the New Zealand Secondary Schools team and the Junior Kiwis in 1998.[2]

New Zealand Warriors[edit]

He has previously played for the Auckland Warriors in the National Rugby League competition. He made his debut in 2000.

Warrington Wolves[edit]

Fa'afili signed for Warrington Wolves in 2004 and whilst at Warrington he scored many tries from high cross field kicks from Lee Briers. He scored 72 tries in 92 appearances for the Wolves (as at August 2007).

He was the top try-scorer in Super League for the 2007's Super League XII. He left the Wolves at the end of 2007 season because of salary cap restraints. Fa'afili played his last game for the Warrington Wolves on 14 September 2007 against Salford City Reds. The Wolves won 34–26.

Biarritz Olympique[edit]

Fa'afili agreed what was initially seen as a short-term deal with French rugby union side Biarritz. He was initially meant to play there short term but ended up staying longer.

Leeds Carengie[edit]

He joined Leeds ahead of the 2010–11 season but left after one season when the club were relegated.

Connacht Rugby[edit]

Henry joined Connacht in the summer of 2011 as part of Head Coach Eric Elwood's squad, joining fellow Samoan Ray Ofisa. He left after one season

International career[edit]

Fa'afili has also represented New Zealand in rugby league at international level on several occasions, scoring a hat-trick against Great Britain in 2003 at Ewood Park, Blackburn during the Tri-Nations. His last appearance for New Zealand was against Great Britain in June 2006 at St Helens. He also represented Samoa in the 2000 World Cup. He has also been capped internationally in rugby union for Samoa


  1. ^ FA'AFILI, HENRY AAU 2001 – 2006 – KIWI #687 nzleague.co.nz
  2. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p.181


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