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Alapati Leiua

Position
Wing, Centre
Hurricane
164
Height
185
Weight
98
Date of birth
21/09/1988
Birthplace
Samoa
Province
Wellington
Nickname
Pati
Career
2010 -
Points
30 (6 t)
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Bio

Alapati Leiua was a standout Hurricanes back in 2013. Following the season ending injury at the start of the year to Cory Jane, Leiua’s contribution was highlighted by him making 15 straight starts on the wing and scoring a memorable intercept try to sink the Crusaders in Wellington.

He also made his Test debut for Samoa in the victory over Scotland in Durban in June 2013, also going on their end of year tour to Europe.

Missing the first part of the 2013 ITM Cup through injury, Leuia returned for the last four matches and played his 50th game for Wellington against Hawke’s Bay.

Leiua re-joined the Hurricanes in 2012 for his third full Super Rugby season fresh from being named Wellington Player of the Year in 2011. A specialist centre, he saw much of his game time on the wing in his eight caps in 2012.

He had missed the start of 2011 through injury, but played in nine of 10 of the remaining matches, making seven starts on the wing and two at centre.

Previously, he made 13 caps in his debut Super Rugby season, backing up an active ITM Cup season for the Vodafone Wellington Lions that saw him play 13 games as both a centre and a wing.

The then Hurricanes Wider Training Squad member Alapati Leuia was called into the Hurricanes in the early rounds of the 2010 Rebel Sport Super 14, answering an injury crisis that saw Tamati Ellison and Conrad Smith both unable to travel with the team on their South African trip.

Leiua then made his full debut at centre against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, and played off the bench the next week against the Stormers and on the wing the following week against the Bulls. The Hurricanes lost these three matches, making it a tough introduction to Super 14 rugby for the hugely talented Leuia.

Leuia had a phenomenal year in 2009, sweeping all before him in Wellington club rugby and becoming a first choice starter for the Wellington Lions on the wing and at centre. It was in the centre position where he excelled in club rugby for Northern United, scoring a remarkable 21 tries in 16 games and lighting up the rugby fields of Wellington. He made his Wellington Lions debut in the first Ranfurly Shield defence of the year against Wairarapa Bush and his Air New Zealand Cup debut off the bench in round four against Auckland - going on to start in the last 10 matches of the year and scoring 5 tries for the Lions in 13 appearances.

Stats

Provincial Teams
Wellington
Provincial Points
100 (20t)
Provincial Caps
50
Provincial Debut
2009 v Wairarapa Bush
Super Rugby Caps
35
Super Rugby Points
30 (6t)
Super Rugby Debut
2010 v Cheetahs
Test Caps
4 (Samoa)
Test Debut
v Scotland 2013
Appearances
35

Favourite things

Song:
Samoan songs and Church songs
Band or Singer:
Israel
Book or Magazine:
The Bible
Holiday Destination:
Samoa
Food:
Island food

Education

School
Porirua College
Favourite subject:
Maths
Worst subject:
English
University
NZIS

Rugby facts

Position When Younger
Centre
Biggest Rugby Influence
My Brothers
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