Sosene Anesi

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Sosene Anesi
Full nameSosene Raymond Anesi
Date of birth (1981-06-03) 3 June 1981 (age 38)
Place of birthApia, Samoa
Height187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb; 14 st 2 lb)
SchoolSt John's College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing, Fullback
Current team Timișoara Saracens
All Black No. 1054
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003–2010 Waikato 91 (165)
2005–2009 Chiefs 41 (60)
2010–2011 Waratahs 21 (15)
2011–2012 NTT Shining Arcs 8 (10)
2013 Parramatta Two Blues 8 (15)
2014–2016 Timișoara Saracens 12 (5)
Correct as of 10 June 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005 New Zealand 1 (0)
2005–2006 Junior All Blacks 6 (0)
2008 Barbarian F.C. 1 (0)
Correct as of 10 June 2019
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
1999–2000 Samoa N/A
2004–2006 New Zealand N/A
Correct as of 10 June 2019
Teams coached
Years Team
2018– Timișoara Saracens
Correct as of 10 June 2019

Sosene Raymond Anesi (born June 3, 1981 in Apia, Samoa) is a former rugby union footballer who played as a fullback and wing and currently the head coach of Timișoara Saracens.


Anesi came from Samoa to New Zealand in 2000 on a rugby scholarship arranged between St Joseph's College in Apia and St John's College in Hamilton.[1] He made his National Provincial Championship debut for Waikato in 2003. He played for the Chiefs in the Super 14 up until 2007. He made his All Blacks debut from the bench in 2005 against Fiji at Albany, but did not play any further tests. In 2010 and 2011, he played for the Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition, in 2012 played for NTT Communications Shining Arcs Japan's Top League and the NSW Shute Shield competition for the Parramatta Two Blues Rugby club. He now plays for RCM MVT Timisoara, 2012 and 2013 SuperLiga Champion from Romania.


He was a member of the New Zealand sevens team in 2004 and again in the team that won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

2007 neck injury[edit]

Anesi fractured his neck in the second round Super 14 match against the Wellington Hurricanes at Waikato Stadium on 9 February 2007. A strong tackle from Hurricanes winger Ma'a Nonu resulted in the injury which rules Anesi out for season 2007. He has a fracture of the C6 vertebra in his neck and a subsequent shift of the C6 and M25 vertebrae. Immediate surgery was not required, but he needed to go through a rehabilitation period.[citation needed] Anesi returned in the second season of the Air New Zealand Cup.

2013 Superliga Champions[edit]

Anesi now plays for RCM MVT Timisoara and was a member of the premiership winning team of 2013. Anesi is the first ever All Black and one of the first ever Super Rugby players to play in the SuperLiga. His debut in the Superliga against Farul Constanţa was on July 13, 2013 in Stadionul de Rugby Mihai Naca|Constanța. He was not the only Super Rugby player to debut, with Nathan Eyres-Brown the former Queensland Reds player debuting for Farul Constanţa.


  1. ^ "Anesi making great strides".

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