Fereti Tuilagi

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
09-06-1971
N/A
Date unknown.
Halifax Blue Sox
14-02-1999 v Hunslet Hawks
Wigan Warriors
2000- Leicester RU
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1999-2000
62 (17)
21
0
0
84

BIOGRAPHY

Fereti Tuilagi by Alex Service

The oldest of seven brothers Fereti Tuilagi was born in Apia, Western Samoa in June 1971 and universally known to rugby fans as Freddie. He first came to prominence in the Union code, playing for Samoa in their 1991 tour to New Zealand. A squad member in the Samoan World Cup squad that same year, he continued to play at international level, including the 1995 World Cup before turning to the 13 a side code with Halifax. He scored 57 tries in two seasons with the Blue Sox and became a flagship signing for the Saints under Coach Ellery Hanley in 1999.

Although considered intially to be a barnstorming winger, in the mould of Bradford Bulls winger Lesley Vainikolo, Freddie was used as an impact player by the Saints to great effect, operating as an extra centre, where his pace would help to break down the toughest of defences. The St.Helens team won their first Grand Final in 1999, against Bradford Bulls at Old Trafford and Freddie more than played his part in bringing the silverware back to Knowsley Road. He was a bundle of enthusiasm on the field and had a tackling technique which, at times, could only be described as reckless!

The Saints won their second title twelve months later against Wigan at Old Trafford and once again, Freddie had a major impact on th game with his penetrative running and thunderous tackles. In his Testimonial Brochure, full-back Paul Wellens describes the pre-match team talk, when Freddie was given a specific role to do, which he did to perfection:

"One player who had enjoyed a brilliant season was ‘Freddie’ Tuilagi, who had been converted by Ellery Hanley from a ‘Vaikona’ type winger into a superb impact player, operating almost as an extra centre. Freddie spoke in broken English, just like Maurie [Fa’savalu] did when he first came. We all agreed that Andy Farrell was Wigans most important player. Everything came through him on the field. From the back of the meeting, Freddie uttered this sentence of which the only recognisable word seemed to be ‘Farrell.’ Kevin Iro used to be Freddie’s translator at times and Ian Millward asked him what he had said. It was something like ‘Don’t worry lads. I’ll bash Farrell!’ It was a case of ‘Ok. Freddie’s going to take care of Farrell. Let’s move on to something else!’

It was his last game for the club and when the team returned to Knowsley Road with the trophy he danced around the pitch in what can only be described as Pacific Islands garb, together with team-mate Apollo Perelini, who was also leaving the club. Freddie returned to Union with Leicester Tigers and took up where he left off with Samoa. He also had spells with Cardiff Blues and the French outfit Castres Olympique before retirement. He now acts as an agent for players through his company which is called Global Bro Sports. Those who watched him in the famous red vee will never forget his total commitment to the cause and he remains a favourite of the fans to this day.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1999 11 0 0 34
200010 0 0 28
TOTALS:21 0 0 62
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
20000002
TOTALS:0002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
14th Feb 1999 W 14 Hunslet Hawks SCCC4 1999 A 40 10 V
27th Feb 1999 L 5 Leeds Rhinos SCCC5 1999 A 16 24 V
7th Mar 1999 W 5 Salford Reds SL 1999 A 30 12 V
21st Mar 1999 W 5 Gateshead Thunder SL 1999 H 34 22 V
2nd Apr 1999 W 2 Wigan Warriors SL 1999 A 14 12 V
5th Apr 1999 W 2 Bradford Bulls SL 1999 H 58 14 1 V
9th Apr 1999 W 2 London Broncos SL 1999 A 34 18 V
18th Apr 1999 W 2 Sheffield Eagles SL 1999 H 39 30 V
25th Apr 1999 W 2 Hull Sharks SL 1999 A 30 10 V
4th May 1999 W 2 Leeds Rhinos SL 1999 H 62 18 V
7th May 1999 W 2 Huddersfield Giants SL 1999 A 11 0 1 V
19th May 1999 W 14 Castleford Tigers SL 1999 A 33 14 V
23rd May 1999 W 14 Warrington Wolves SL 1999 H 57 20 V
30th May 1999 W 11 Halifax Blue sox SL 1999 A 28 22 1 V
6th Jun 1999 W 11 Salford Reds SL 1999 H 48 0 1 V
13th Jun 1999 L 11 Gateshead Thunder SL 1999 A 20 32 1 V
20th Jun 1999 L 3 Wigan Warriors SL 1999 H 18 24 V
25th Jun 1999 L 3 Bradford Bulls SL 1999 A 22 46 V
30th Jun 1999 W 12 Halifax Blue sox SL 1999 H 46 10 1 V
10th Jul 1999 W 14 Sheffield Eagles SL 1999 A 21 16 V
18th Jul 1999 W 14 Hull Sharks SL 1999 H 74 16 1 V
23rd Jul 1999 W 14 Leeds Rhinos SL 1999 A 28 12 V
30th Jul 1999 W 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 1999 H 64 16 1 V
8th Aug 1999 W 14 Wakefield Wildcats SL 1999 H 42 34 1 V
15th Aug 1999 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 1999 A 35 12 V
22nd Aug 1999 W 3 Salford Reds SL 1999 A 23 10 V
25th Aug 1999 W 3 Castleford Tigers SL 1999 H 42 14 1 V
30th Aug 1999 L 1 Gateshead Thunder SL 1999 H 32 36 V
5th Sep 1999 L 14 Wigan Warriors SL 1999 A 20 28 V
10th Sep 1999 W 14 Bradford Bulls SL 1999 H 25 16 V
17th Sep 1999 W 14 Leeds Rhinos SLQPO 1999 H 38 14 1 V
26th Sep 1999 L 14 Bradford Bulls SLQF 1999 A 4 40 V
3rd Oct 1999 W 11 Castleford Tigers SLEF 1999 H 36 6 V
9th Oct 1999 W 11 Bradford Bulls SLGF 1999 N 8 6 V
9th Jan 2000 W 11 Halifax Blue Sox* Fr 2000 A 29 26 V
24th Jan 2000 L 15 Melbourne Storm WCC 2000 N 6 44 V
28th Jan 2000 L 11 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants* Fr 2000 H 10 20 V
13th Feb 2000 W 12 Swinton Lions SCCC4 2000 A 36 22 V
26th Feb 2000 L 16 Leeds Rhinos SCCC5 2000 A 20 26 V
3rd Mar 2000 L 15 Bradford Bulls SL 2000 H 10 32 V
17th Mar 2000 W 12 Hull Sharks SL 2000 A 28 20 V
2nd Apr 2000 W 12 Wakefield Trinity SL 2000 H 29 22 V
7th Apr 2000 W 12 Leeds Rhinos SL 2000 A 42 14 V
16th Apr 2000 W 12 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2000 H 52 20 V
21st Apr 2000 W 12 Wigan Warriors SL 2000 H 38 14 V
24th Apr 2000 W 12 Warrington Wolves SL 2000 A 47 34 1 V
1st May 2000 W 12 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants SL 2000 H 50 30 V
7th May 2000 W 12 Castleford Tigers SL 2000 A 32 22 V
12th May 2000 W 12 London Broncos SL 2000 A 26 20 V
21st May 2000 W 12 Salford Reds SL 2000 H 46 22 V
28th May 2000 W 12 Hull Sharks SL 2000 H 27 14 V
16th Jul 2000 W 3 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants SL 2000 A 40 24 2 V
21st Jul 2000 W 12 Castleford Tigers SL 2000 H 42 18 V
30th Jul 2000 W 12 Salford Reds SL 2000 A 58 4 1 V
6th Aug 2000 W 12 London Broncos SL 2000 H 46 12 1 V
13th Aug 2000 L 12 Wakefield Trinity SL 2000 A 16 32 2 V
20th Aug 2000 W 12 Warrington Wolves SL 2000 H 58 18 V
27th Aug 2000 W 12 Salford Reds SL 2000 H 50 28 V
1st Sep 2000 W 12 Leeds Rhinos SL 2000 A 35 20 V
9th Sep 2000 W 12 London Broncos SL 2000 A 38 12 2 V
15th Sep 2000 L 12 Wigan Warriors SL 2000 H 4 42 V
22nd Sep 2000 W 17 Bradford Bulls SLQPO 2000 H 16 11 V
29th Sep 2000 W 15 Wigan Warriors SLQF 2000 A 54 16 V
14th Oct 2000 W 15 Wigan Warriors SLGF 2000 N 29 16 1 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 60 OTHER 2 = 62
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 17 Subs) = 62

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