Halani Aulika

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Halani Aulika
File:Halani Aulika 2011.jpg
Full name Halani Aulika
Date of birth (1983-08-31) August 31, 1983 (age 38)
Place of birth Angahaeua, Tonga
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 122 kg (19 st 3 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Tighthead Prop
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
London Irish
Sale Sharks
correct as of 9 May 2016.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010–2011 Otago 15 (25)
correct as of 24 August 2015.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2011 Highlanders 1 (0)
correct as of 24 August 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2011- Tonga 17 (5)

Halani Aulika (born 31 August 1983) is a rugby union prop from Tonga who will join Aviva Premiership side Sale Sharks for the 2016–17 season.

Playing career

Provincial Rugby

Born in Tonga, Aulika emigrated to New Zealand in 2000 at the age of 17. After finishing school, he was a fixture in Auckland club rugby for several years but was unable to break into the Auckland provincial side. Short of opportunities in Auckland, he transferred to Otago for the 2010 ITM Cup. He now plays for London Irish, and they're currently playing in the Aviva Premiership

With Otago, Aulika was an instant success and one of the bright lights in a disappointing season for the province.

After serving a 3-match ban for an incident in club rugby, he quickly established himself as one of the side's starting props alongside former All Black Kees Meeuws. In 10 appearances, he scored a team-leading 5 tries and established himself as one of the best attacking props in the competition.

In the 2011 ITM Cup, Aulika appeared in the first 5 matches of the season for Otago before leaving to take up his international duties for Tonga ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Super Rugby

Following his successful season with Otago, Aulika earned himself a contract with the Highlanders for the 2011 Super Rugby season. Serving as a depth prop for the squad, he made his only appearance of the season as a substitute in the club's win over the Brumbies on 1 April.

Aviva Premiership

Halani Aulika signed a two-year contract with London Irish in March, 2012 and then later joined the club in July 2012. At the conclusion of the 2015–16 season it was confirmed that Aulika was to leave London Irish and join Sale Sharks the following season.

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