A national representative in each of the last three seasons, Mose Tuiali'i will be looking to make a big impression this season to force his return to the All Blacks. He has been given the opportunity to impress in the lead up to the 2007 Rugby World Cup with inclusion in the Junior All Blacks squad for their Pacific Nations Cup campaign. The powerful No 8, whose ball carrying skills have often been likened to former Test great Zinzan Brooke, enjoyed a stellar debut season with the Crusaders three years ago. Tuiali'i was a try-scorer on three separate occasions last term during another rewarding campaign where he started all but one of the team's 15 games. With his size and strength, Tuiali’i can cover No 8 and the blindside flanking role and, at either spot, provides a useful lineout option. Off the back of the scrum or in open play, he has the dangerous ability to break through tackles and over the advantage line. He attended the same school, Kelston Boys’ High, as Mils Muliaina, Sam Tuitupou and Kees Meeuws. All Blacks coach Graham Henry is also a former headmaster of Kelston Boys’. New Zealand Representative Teams New Zealand Schools in 1999 New Zealand Under 19 in 2000 All Blacks in 2004, 2005, 2006 Career Notes • Played every match for the Crusaders during the 2007 Rebel Sport Super 14; his five tries more than doubled his Super 14 try tally. • Scored a try against Argentina with his first touch of the ball in a Test match. • Scored a try in his first match for Auckland, a Ranfurly Shield defence against Counties Manukau in 2004, and in his first Air New Zealand NPC match for Canterbury, against Southland in 2005. • Played Super 12 rugby for the Blues before playing provincial rugby. Also played NPC rugby for Northland before transferring south.
26/06/2004 v Argentina at Hamilton
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Test match Record by Year (+) = substitute; (-) = replaced 2004 Jun 26 v Argentina at Hamilton 41-7 Aug 7 v Australia at Sydney 18-23 (+) Aug 14 v South Africa at Johannesburg 26-40 (+) Nov 13 v Italy at Rome 59-10 (-) Nov 20 v Wales at Cardiff 26-25 2005 Nov 12 v Ireland at Dublin 45-7 Nov 19 v England at London 23-19 (+) Nov 26 v Scotland at Edinburgh 29-10 (+) 2006 24 Jun vs Argentina at Buenos Aires 25-19 Below figures correct at beginning of the 2007 rugby calendar: Provincial Caps 38 Provincial Debut 2003 v Samoa (Northland) Super 14 Caps 39 Super 14 Points 25 (5t) Super 14 Debut 2003 v Bulls (Blues)