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Vaea Fifita

An athletically gifted player, Vaea Fifita has strode and hurdled his way into national prominence over the last few seasons.

Born in Tonga, the raw-boned Fifita moved to New Zealand to attend Auckland’s Tamaki College after visiting with the Tongan Schools side in 2010. He moved to Wellington and made his provincial debut there in 2013, played for the National Sevens-winning Wellington Sevens team in 2014 and then debuted for the Hurricanes in 2015.

While he has also played lock, Fifita is a skilful loose forward, who started playing rugby in the backs. While his height and agility make him a useful lineout option, he is a potent attacking weapon, with ball in hand.

His hurdling of an opposition player during a provincial match in 2016 stunned rugby fans, with TV footage of the feat going viral, while his 60-metre try against Argentina earlier this year again had commentators reaching for the superlatives.

Fifita was first called into the All Blacks as a replacement on the European Tour in 2016, but didn’t play, and eventually made his debut against Samoa in 2017.

Player
Position:
Loose Forward
Born:
17/06/1992
Physical:
1.96m, 107kg
Test Debut:
v Samoa in Auckland 16 Jun 2017
Test Points Breakdown:
2t
Test Points:
10
Caps:
9
Provincial Team:
Wellington
Super Rugby Team:
Hurricanes

Test Match record

(+) subsitute(-) replaced

2017
16 Jun v Samoa at Auckland 78-0 (+)
9 September v Argentina at New Plymouth 39-22
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-10 (-)
11 November v France at Paris 38-18
18 November v Scotland 22-17

2018
9 Jun v France at Auckland 52-11 (+)
16 Jun v France at Wellington 26-13 (+)
3 November v Japan at Tokyo 31-69 (-)
24 November v Italy at Rome 3-66 (-)