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Seta Tamanivalu

In just his second season of Investec Super Rugby in 2016, electrifying midfield back Setareki Tamanivalu has done plenty to earn All Blacks selection for the first time. 


The versatile young player – who can cover outside and midfield back positions - hasn’t missed a Super Rugby match this season, with 12 matches under his belt heading into the break and seven tries. That followed a strong 2015 season, in which he played six times for the Chiefs and nine for Taranaki as well as turning out for the New Zealand Barbarians against the Maori All Blacks at Eden Park, a match in which he scored a try and suffered a minor knee injury.

•    Tamanivalu won the ITM Cup Player of the Year Award in 2014 after a thrilling season for Taranaki, which helped the amber-and-blacks claim the Premiership. He played every game, switching from right wing to centre to second five-eighth, and scored seven tries.
•    Tamanivalu played First XV rugby for St Kentigern’s in Auckland before heading to the Spotswood United club in Taranaki in 2012.
•    Born in Fiji and educated at Lelean Memorial School before joining St Kents, Tamanivalu is a former Fijian Under 18 rugby league player.

Player
Position:
Centre
Born:
23/06/1992
Physical:
1.89m, 104kg
Test Debut:
V Wales in Auckland 11 June 2016
Test Points:
0
Caps:
3
Provincial Debut:
2012 v Hawke’s Bay in New Plymouth
Provincial Caps:
32
Provincial Points:
70 (10t)
Super Rugby Team:
Chiefs
Super Rugby Debut:
2015 v Brumbies in New Plymouth
Super Rugby Caps:
18

Test Match record

(+) subsitute(-) replaced

2016 
11 Jun v Wales at Auckland 39-21 (+)
18 June v Wales at Wellington 36-22 (+)
27 August v Australia at Wellington 29-9 (+)