Telusa Veainu

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Telusa Veainu
Full name Telusa Veainu
Date of birth (1990-12-26) 26 December 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth Kawakawa, New Zealand
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 103 kg (227 lb)
School St Andrew's College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Outside Back
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2014
2015–
Melbourne Rising
Leicester Tigers
6
25
(43)
(60)
correct as of 29 November 2015.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010–12
2013
Canterbury
Hawke's Bay
34
11
(105)
(35)
correct as of 25 October 2013.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2015
2010
Tonga
New Zealand U20
8 (20)

Telusa Veainu (born 26 December 1990 in Kawakawa, New Zealand) is a rugby union player who currently plays for the Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership competition. He plays on the wings or at fullback. While he was born and raised in New Zealand, he represents Tonga internationally.

Playing career

Provincial Rugby

Veainu went to St Andrew's College in Christchurch where in his final year of school he was made captain of the 1st XV. He was a regular in Canterbury age group sides over the years, making the under 16's, 18's and 19's whilst still at school. Veainu was a star on the wing for the NZ U-20s at the World Cup in Argentina where he scored five tries (including three in the final).

Selected to the Canterbury squad for the 2010 ITM Cup, Veainu made his debut off the bench against Hawke's Bay and subsequently started in every match, scoring eight tries as Canterbury won the championship. Playing with Canterbury again for the 2011 ITM Cup, Veainu scored a further 5 tries in 11 games, in the process helping Canterbury win their fourth consecutive title.

For the 2013 ITM Cup, Veainu moved north to join Hawke's Bay and scored 7 tries in 11 matches for the Magpies.

Following his move to Australia to join the Melbourne Rebels, Veainu turned out for the Melbourne Rising in 2014, scoring 8 tries from just 6 starts.

Super Rugby

After a solid ITM Cup season in 2010, Veainu received a contract to play for the Highlanders for the 2011 Super Rugby season. He made his debut in the Highlanders win over the Bulls in week 3 of the competition. He was again named in the Highlanders squad for 2012, but did not appear in any matches.

For the 2013 Super Rugby season Veainu returned to his home province to sign with the Crusaders, but again struggled to duplicate his ITM Cup form, appearing in only 4 games as a substitute. His season, however, was highlighted by his first Super Rugby try against the Highlanders, his former squad, on June 29.

On 17 September 2013, Veainu signed with the Melbourne Rebels for the 2014[1] and 2015 seasons. In May 2014, playing on the wing, he scored a runaway try for the Rebels in their loss to the Waratahs at home in Melbourne.[2][3]

Super Rugby Statistics

As of 15 June 2015
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2011 Highlanders 5 1 4 119 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Highlanders 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 Crusaders 4 0 4 28 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
2014 Rebels 5 2 3 217 2 0 0 0 10 0 0
2015 Rebels 2 0 2 66 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Total 16 3 13 430 4 0 0 0 20 0 0

Leicester Tigers

It was confirmed on October 28 2015 that Veainu has joined English Premiership team Leicester Tigers.[4]

International career

Veainu played for the New Zealand U20 at the age of 18 and 19, but in 2015 he was selected for Tonga for the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup. He made his debut in the opening match against Fiji, scoring a try.

References

  1. Rebels Media Unit (17 September 2013). "Rebels sign Telusa Veainu" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 19 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Rebels Media Unit (23 May 2014). "Waratahs waltz past Rebels" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 23 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Waratahs Media Unit (24 May 2014). "Waratahs hand Rebels a drubbing" (Press release). Waratahs. Retrieved 24 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Communications at Leicester Tigers (28 October 2015). "Tigers sign Telusa Veainu" (Press release). Leicester Tigers. Retrieved 28 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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