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Telusa Veainu

Player Stats

  • Date of Birth26 Dec 1990
  • BirthplaceKawakawa, New Zealand
  • Height1.76m (5' 9)
  • Weight92kg (14st 7lbs)


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After joining Leicester Tigers after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Tonga international Telusa Veainu ended the season as the supporters’ Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.

Quick, elusive and strong as a wing or full-back, Veainu was also the only Tigers player named in the BT Sports Team of the Season for 2015/16 and ended the campaign as the club’s joint top tryscorer with Vereniki Goneva.

After winning his first cap at the 2015 Pacific Nations Cup, Veainu started all four games for Tonga in the World Cup, scoring a try in the win over Namibia and playing against Argentina at the home of Leicester City FC.

He returned home to New Zealand but was immediately summoned back to England with a short-term contract at Tigers and proved an instant hit with five tries in his first six games for the club.

His solo score against Worcester Warriors at Welford Road was the supporters’ pick as Try of the Season in 2016/17.

An ITM Cup winner with Canterbury in 2010 (when he scored eight tries) and 2011 (scoring five), he moved to Hawke’s Bay in 2013 and continued his strong form with seven tries in 11 games there.

Veainu also played for Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay in the ITM Cup and then Super Rugby sides Highlanders, Crusaders and Melbourne Rebels before taking up Leicester’s contract offer.

Named as Tonga Players’ Player of the Year in the International RPA awards in 2015, Telusa had previously starred in the Junior All Blacks Under-20s, grabbing a hat-trick of tries in the final of the World Junior Championship in Argentina.

Follow Telusa Veainu on social media

Twitter: @tveainu | Instagram: @telusa_veainu

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