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Neemia Tialata

Neemia Tialata has earned a reputation as a strong, skilled front-rower.

Formerly a loosehead prop, Tialata now concerntrates his efforts on the tighthead side of the scrum but retains the valuable ability to cover both sides.

An imposing figure at nearly 130kg, Tialata is a strong defender and a bustling runner in the tight exchanges, although his first Test try, scored against the Springboks at Pretoria in 2006, was a winger's special, chasing down a cross-field kick for a touchdown in the corner.

Tialata thrust himself into the All Blacks selection frame with his strong play for Wellington throughout the 2005 Air New Zealand NPC and made his Test debut in the first match of the All Blacks UK & Ireland Tour against Wales in November.

In his downtime from rugby he is a keen guitar player and an artist with a flair for painting.

Tialata would continue to rise during 2007, playing in four World Cup matches.  As Carl Hayman departed the scene at the conclusion of that year, Tialata would build his reputation as a tighthead, becoming a constant selection in All Blacks side.

In 2008 and 2009 Tialata would be a fearsome presence in the Hurricanes scrum, and would continue to build his reputation despite the emergence of the Franks brothers from Canterbury as All Blacks front rowers.  His performance against a strong French scrum, matched against noted Les Bleus scrummager Fabien Barcella cemented his role as a senior All Blacks prop.

Position:
Prop
Born:
15/07/1982
Physical:
1.87m, 127kg
Test Debut:
2005 v Wales at Cardiff
Test Points Breakdown:
2t
Test Points:
10
All Blacks Caps:
43
Provincial Team:
Wellington
Provincial Debut:
2003 v Otago
Provincial Caps:
38
Provincial Points:
25 (5t)
Super Rugby Team:
Hurricanes
Super Rugby Debut:
2004 v Chiefs
Super Rugby Caps:
60

Career Comments

  • • Scored a try in Wellington’s victory over Waikato in the 2004 Air New Zealand NPC Division One semifinal, one of three he has scored for Wellington.
    • Was never selected for a national age-grade team but represented Wellington in Under 16, Schools and Under 21 sides.
    • Wellington born and bred, he attended the same high school, Parkway College, as All Blacks captain Tana Umaga.
    • Was part of the 2003 Hurricanes Development squad that won New Zealand’s Rebel Sport Super 12 Development competition.

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

(+) = substitute; (-) = replaced

2005
Nov 5 v Wales at Cardiff 41-3 (-)
Nov 19 v England at London 23-19 (+)
Nov 26 v Scotland at Edinburgh 29-10 (+)

2006
Jun 10 v Ireland at Hamilton 34-23 (+)
Jun 17 v Ireland at Auckland 27-17 (+)
Jun 24 v Argentina at Buenos Aires 25-19 (+)
Jul 22 v South Africa at Wellington 35-17 (-)
Aug 26 v South Africa at Pretoria 45-26
Sep 2 v South Africa at Rustenberg 20-21 (+)
Nov 12 v France at Lyon 47-3 (+)
Nov 19 v France at Paris 23-11 (+)
Nov 26 v Wales at Cardiff 45-10 (-)

2007
2 Jun v France at Auckland 42-11 (+)
9 Jun v France at Wellington 61-10 (+)
16 Jun v Canada at Hamilton 64-13
30 June v Australia at Melbourne 15-20 (+)
14 July v South Africa at Christchurch 33-6 (+)
8 Sept v Italy (RWC) at Marseille 76-14 (+)
15 Sept v Portugal (RWC) at Lyon 108-13
23 Sept v Scotland (RWC) at Edinburgh 40-0 (+)
30 Sept v Romania (RWC) at Toulouse 85-8

2008
7 June v Ireland at Wellington 21-11
14 June v England at Auckland 37-20
21 June v England at Christchurch 44-12 (-)
5 July v South Africa at Wellington 19-8 (+)
12 July v South Africa at Dunedin 28-30 (+)
3 Sept v Samoa at New Plymouth 101-14 (+)
1 Nov v Australia at Hong Kong 19-14 (-)
9 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 32-6 (+)
16 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 22-3 (-)
23 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 29-9 (-)
30 Nov v England at London 32-6 (-)

2009
13 June v France at Dunedin 22-27 (-)
20 June v France at Wellington 14-10 (-)
18 July v Australia at Auckland 22-16 (-)
26 July v South Africa at Bloemfontain 19-28 (-)
19 Sept v Australia at Wellington 33-6 (-)
31 Oct v Australia at Tokyo 32-19 (-)
8 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 19-12
15 Nov v Italy at Milan 20-6
29 Nov v France at Marseilles 39-12 (-)
6 Dec v Barbarians at London 18-25 (+)

2010
12 Jun v Ireland at New Plymouth 66-28 (+)
26 Jun v Wales at Hamilton 29-10 (-)