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Sitiveni Sivivatu

Described by some as the ultimate languid runner, Sitiveni Sivivatu came back this season after a run of shoulder injuries, and played 14 matches for the Chiefs in 2011.

Flying wing Sivivatu made his Test debut in the All Blacks Test against Fiji at North Shore and promptly set an All Blacks record in becoming the first All Black to score four tries on debut.

While blessed with scintillating pace, Sivivatu always seems to have time to find, or create, space where it’s needed. Returned to the All Blacks for the 2006 end-of-year tour after injury disrupted his Philips Tri Nations campaign for the second year running. He proved his fitness and form with five tries in four matches, including his second career hat-trick in the Test win over Wales.

Hailing from Jonah Lomu’s old school, Wesley College in Pukekohe, Sivivatu has scored prolifically for Counties Manukau in the Air New Zealand NPC Second Division, for Waikato in the First Division, for the Chiefs in the Rebel Sport Super 12 and for the Pacific Islanders in the international arena, and looks set to do the same for the All Blacks.

Position:
Wing
Born:
19/04/1982
Physical:
1.85m, 99kg
Test Debut:
2004 v Australia (Pacific Islanders)
Test Points Breakdown:
29t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m
Test Points:
145
Provincial Team:
Waikato
Provincial Debut:
2001 v Auckland (Counties Manukau)
Provincial Caps:
45
Provincial Points:
205 (41t)
Super Rugby Team:
Chiefs
Super Rugby Debut:
2003 v Highlanders
Super Rugby Caps:
89

Career Comments

  • • Air New Zealand Division Two Player of the Year, 2002
    • Set a record for tries on Test debut that lasted all of 36 hours before being broken by South African wing Tonderai Chavanga, who scored six in his first Test, against Uruguay.
    • Finished as the Chiefs’ leading try-scorer in the 2006 Rebel Sport Super 14 with seven.
    • Despite missing the Chiefs’ first four games in the 2005 Super 12, he still finished as their leading try-scorer for the season.
    • In 2004, became the first player to score five tries in a match against Auckland. That five-try haul equalled the Air New Zealand NPC Division One record for tries in a match.
    • Scored a team-record 14 tries for Counties Manukau in the 2002 Air New Zealand NPC Division Two competition.
    • Played three matches for the Pacific Islanders in 2004 and scored a pair of tries in each of the Tests against New Zealand and the Test against South Africa. No other player has scored pairs of tries against New Zealand and South Africa in consecutive weeks – in fact, only five players have managed to tally pairs against both sides in their lifetime.
    • A cousin of fellow All Blacks wing Joe Rokocoko.

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

(+) = substitute; (-) = replaced

2005
Jun 10 v Fiji at Albany 91-0
Jun 25 v British & Irish Lions at Christchurch 21-3
Jul 2 v British & Irish Lions at Wellington 48-18 (-)
Jul 9 v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 38-19
Nov 12 v Ireland at Dublin 45-7
Nov 19 v England at London 23-19 (-)

2006
Aug 26 v South Africa at Pretoria 45-26
Sep 2 v South Africa at Rustenberg 20-21
Nov 6 v England at London 41-20 (+)
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 June v France at Auckland 42-11 (-)
9 June v France at Wellington 61-10
16 June v Canada at Hamilton 64-13
23 June v South Africa at Durban 26-21
30 June v Australia at Melbourne 15-20 (+)
8 Sept v Italy (RWC) at Marseille 76-14
23 Sept v Scotland (RWC) at Edinburgh 40-0
30 Sept v Romania (RWC) at Toulouse 85-8 (-)
7 Sept v France (RWC) at Cardiff 18-20

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 (-)
26 July v Australia at Sydney 19-34
2 Aug v Australia at Auckland 39-10
17 Aug v South Africa at Capetown 19-0 (-)
13 Sept v Australia at Brisbane 28-24
1 Nov v Australia at Hong Kong 19-14
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
18 July v Australia at Auckland 22-16
26 July v South Africa at Bloemfontain 19-28
2 Aug v South Africa at Durban 19-31
22 Aug v Australia at Sydney 19-18
12 Sept v South Africa at Hamilton 29-32 (-)
31 Oct v Australia at Tokyo 32-19
15 Nov v Italy at Milan 20-6
22 Nov v England at London 19-6
29 Nov v France at Marseilles 39-12
6 Dec v Barbarians at London 18-25 (+)

2011
22 July v Fiji at Dunedin 60-14 (-)
6 Aug v Australia at Auckland 30-14 (-)