STRONG RUNNING midfielder Tei Walden grew up in Taranaki and was Head Boy at Francis Douglas Memorial College before moving to Dunedin to study. Walden made his debut for Otago in 2013 and has since played 47 games for the southern province.
Debuting for the Highlanders in 2016, Walden had to fight for game time until last year, when he started in the first game of the Investec Super Rugby season against the Blues, scoring two tries. He went on to start all but one game at second five-eighth. Walden has signed on with the Highlanders until the end of the 2020 season but his provincial heart saw him return to his home province Taranaki for the 2018 provincial Mitre 10 Cup season.
Walden made his debut for the Māori All Blacks during the side’s 2017 Northern Tour, coming off the bench against the French Barbarians. He was selected again in 2018, where he started in the number 12 jersey against USA and Brazil, before adding impact off the bench against Chile
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