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Tana Umaga

All Blacks captain Tana Umaga is one of the most respected players in world rugby. In 2003, he became the first New Zealander to receive the Pierre de Coubertin Trophy for Fair Play for attending to the injured Colin Charvis of Wales during a Test at Hamilton. In 2004, Jonathan Falefasa Umaga became the first New Zealander of Samoan heritage to captain the All Blacks in a Test, and in 2005 he became the fourth player to bring up 100 Super 12 caps. Acknowledged as one of the hardest tacklers in the game (he is a former junior international at rugby league) he made a successful transition to a Test centre at the end of 2000 after playing his first 18 Tests on the wing. Umaga appeared at both second five-eighths and centre in the All Blacks 2003 campaign, but his Rugby World Cup was cut short after a knee injury in the opening match against Italy put him out of the tournament. He is the only remaining original Hurricanes squad member and heads into the 2007 season having amassed an incredible 111 Super 14 caps. He was nominated as one of the IRB's International Players of the Year in 2005. His elder brother Mike played rugby professionally in England and also represented Manu Samoa. The pair opposed each other in a Test match in 1999. He was New Zealand’s Player of the Year in 2000. His 12 Rebel Sport Super 12 tries in 1997 are the most scored by a New Zealander in one season. Roger Randle (Chiefs) in 2002 and the Blues Doug Howlett matched that record in 2003.

Position:
Centre
Born:
27/05/1973
Physical:
1.87m, 100kg
Test Debut:
14/06/1997 v Fiji at Albany
Test Points Breakdown:
37t
Test Points:
185
Caps:
74
Provincial Team:
Wellington
Super Rugby Team:
Chiefs

Career Comments

  • Test match Record by Year (+) = substitute; (-) = replaced 1997 Jun 14 v Fiji at Albany 71-5 Jun 21 v Argentina at Wellington 93-8 Jun 28 v Argentina at Hamilton 62-10 Jul 5 v Australia at Christchurch 30-13 (-) Jul 19 v South Africa at Johannesburg 35-32 (-) Aug 9 v South Africa at Auckland 55-35 Nov 11 v Wales 'A' at Pontypridd 51-8 Nov 18 v Emerging England at Huddersfield 59-22 (-) Nov 25 v English Rugby Partnership XV at Bristol 18-11 Dec 2 v England 'A' at Leicester 30-19 1999 Jun 11 v New Zealand 'A' at Christchurch 22-11 (-) Jun 18 v Samoa at Albany 71-13 Jun 26 v France at Wellington 54-7 Jul 10 v South Africa at Dunedin 28-0 (-) Jul 24 v Australia at Auckland 34-15 (-) Aug 7 v South Africa at Pretoria 34-18 (-) Aug 28 v Australia at Sydney 7-28 Oct 3 v Tonga at Bristol 45-9 Oct 9 v England at London 30-16 Oct 24 v Scotland at Edinburgh 30-18 (-) Oct 31 v France at London 31-43 Nov 4 v South Africa at Cardiff 18-22 (-) 2000 Jun 16 v Tonga at Albany 102-0 Jun 24 v Scotland at Dunedin 69-20 Jul 1 v Scotland at Auckland 48-14 (-) Jul 15 v Australia at Sydney 39-35 Jul 22 v South Africa at Christchurch 25-12 Aug 5 v Australia at Wellington 23-24 Aug 19 v South Africa at Johannesburg 40-46 Nov 11 v France at Paris 39-26 Nov 18 v France at Marseilles 33-42 Nov 25 v Italy at Genova 56-19 2001 Jun 16 v Samoa at Albany 50-6 Jun 23 v Argentina at Christchurch 67-19 Jun 30 v France at Wellington 37-12 Jul 21 v South Africa at Cape Town 12-3 Aug 11 v Australia at Dunedin 15-23 Aug 25 v South Africa at Auckland 26-15 Sep 1 v Australia at Sydney 26-29 Nov 17 v Ireland at Dublin 40-29 Nov 24 v Scotland at Edinburgh 37-6 Dec 1 v Argentina at Buenos Aires 24-20 2002 Jun 15 v Ireland at Dunedin 15-6 (-) Jun 29 v Fiji at Wellington 68-18 (-) Jul 20 v South Africa at Wellington 41-20 (+) Aug 3 v Australia at Sydney 14-16 Aug 10 v South Africa at Durban 30-23 Nov 9 v England at London 28-31 Nov 16 v France at Paris 20-20 Nov 23 v Wales at Cardiff 43-17 2003 Jun 14 v England at Wellington 13-15 Jun 21 v Wales at Hamilton 55-3 Jun 28 v France at Christchurch 31-23 Jul 19 v South Africa at Pretoria 52-16 Jul 26 v Australia at Sydney 50-21 Aug 9 v South Africa at Dunedin 19-11 Aug 16 v Australia at Auckland 21-17 Oct 11 v Italy at Melbourne 70-7 (-) 2004 Jun 12 v England at Dunedin 36-3 Jun 19 v England at Auckland 36-12 Jun 26 v Argentina at Hamilton 41-7 Jul 10 v Pacific Islanders at Albany 41-26 Jul 17 v Australia at Wellington 16-7 Jul 24 v South Africa at Christchurch 23-21 Aug 7 v Australia at Sydney 18-23 Aug 14 v South Africa at Johannesburg 26-40 Nov 13 v Italy at Rome 59-10 Nov 27 v France at Paris 45-6 2005 Jun 10 v Fiji at Albany 91-0 (-) Jun 25 v British & Irish Lions at Christchurch 21-3 (-) Jul 2 v British & Irish Lions at Wellington 48-18 Jul 9 v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 38-19 Aug 7 v South Africa at Cape Town 16-22 (-) Aug 13 v Australia at Sydney 30-13 Aug 27 v South Africa at Dunedin 31-27 Sep 3 v Australia at Auckland 34-24 Nov 5 v Wales at Cardiff 41-3 Nov 19 v England at London 23-19 Nov 26 v Scotland at Edinburgh 29-10 Below figures correct at beginning of the 2007 rugby calendar: Provincial Caps 96 Provincial Points 290 (58t) Provincial Debut 1994 v Canterbury Super 14 Caps 111 Super 14 Points 225 (45t) Super 14 Debut 1996 v Blues