STRONG RUNNING midfielder Tei Walden grew up in Taranaki and was Head Boy at Francis Douglas Memorial College before moving to Dunedin to study. Walden made his debut for Otago in 2013 and has since played 47 games for the southern province.
Debuting for the Highlanders in 2016, Walden had to fight for game time until this year, when he started in the first game of the Investec Super Rugby season against the Blues, scoring two tries. He went on to start all but one game at second five-eighth. In May this year, Walden signed on with the Highlanders until the end of the 2020 season but his provincial heart saw him return to his home province Taranaki for the 2018 provincial Mitre 10 Cup season.
Walden made his debut for the Maori All Blacks during last year’s Northern Tour, coming off the bench against the French Barbarians
Life/favourites: Chilling with my mates
Favourite Rugby ground: The Gully (New plymouth Boys high)
Favourite rugby player and why: Beauden Barrett- Has great chat and a good physique.
Earliest rugby memories: Bare feet 10 a side at Oakura Primary School.
Best rugby memory: Beating New Plymouth Boys High on the gully in 2011.
Biggest influence on your rugby career and why: Dad- Converted from a soccer player into a rugby player and supported me ever since.
Food: BBQ pork ribs and some mash!
Actor/Actress: Emily Ratajkowski
Movie: P.S I love you- a great romantic comedy!
Book: Captain Underpants.
On your itunes /iphone playlist: Cali Swag district- Teach me how to dougie
Holiday destination: Fiji
Non-rugby sports team: Otago Nuggets.
Sporting hero: Conrad Smith
If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: Willie Apiata- courageous and trustworthy.
I hate it when…. I get injured
I can’t live without….. my phone
If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be….Stay at home dad.
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