Fereti Tuilagi

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
09-06-1971
N/A
Date unknown.
Halifax Blue Sox
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
14-02-1999 v Hunslet Hawks
Wigan Warriors
2000- Leicester RU
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1999-2000
62 (17)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
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
199911 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 VIEW
27th Feb 1999
L
5 Leeds Rhinos SCCC5 1999 A 16 24 VIEW
7th Mar 1999
W
5 Salford Reds SL 1999 A 30 12 VIEW
21st Mar 1999
W
5 Gateshead Thunder SL 1999 H 34 22 VIEW
2nd Apr 1999
W
2 Wigan Warriors SL 1999 A 14 12 VIEW
5th Apr 1999
W
2 Bradford Bulls SL 1999 H 58 14 1 VIEW
9th Apr 1999
W
2 London Broncos SL 1999 A 34 18 VIEW
18th Apr 1999
W
2 Sheffield Eagles SL 1999 H 39 30 VIEW
25th Apr 1999
W
2 Hull Sharks SL 1999 A 30 10 VIEW
4th May 1999
W
2 Leeds Rhinos SL 1999 H 62 18 VIEW
7th May 1999
W
2 Huddersfield Giants SL 1999 A 11 0 1 VIEW
19th May 1999
W
14 Castleford Tigers SL 1999 A 33 14 VIEW
23rd May 1999
W
14 Warrington Wolves SL 1999 H 57 20 VIEW
30th May 1999
W
11 Halifax Blue sox SL 1999 A 28 22 1 VIEW
6th Jun 1999
W
11 Salford Reds SL 1999 H 48 0 1 VIEW
13th Jun 1999
L
11 Gateshead Thunder SL 1999 A 20 32 1 VIEW
20th Jun 1999
L
3 Wigan Warriors SL 1999 H 18 24 VIEW
25th Jun 1999
L
3 Bradford Bulls SL 1999 A 22 46 VIEW
30th Jun 1999
W
12 Halifax Blue sox SL 1999 H 46 10 1 VIEW
10th Jul 1999
W
14 Sheffield Eagles SL 1999 A 21 16 VIEW
18th Jul 1999
W
14 Hull Sharks SL 1999 H 74 16 1 VIEW
23rd Jul 1999
W
14 Leeds Rhinos SL 1999 A 28 12 VIEW
30th Jul 1999
W
4 Huddersfield Giants SL 1999 H 64 16 1 VIEW
8th Aug 1999
W
14 Wakefield Wildcats SL 1999 H 42 34 1 VIEW
15th Aug 1999
W
4 Warrington Wolves SL 1999 A 35 12 VIEW
22nd Aug 1999
W
3 Salford Reds SL 1999 A 23 10 VIEW
25th Aug 1999
W
3 Castleford Tigers SL 1999 H 42 14 1 VIEW
30th Aug 1999
L
1 Gateshead Thunder SL 1999 H 32 36 VIEW
5th Sep 1999
L
14 Wigan Warriors SL 1999 A 20 28 VIEW
10th Sep 1999
W
14 Bradford Bulls SL 1999 H 25 16 VIEW
17th Sep 1999
W
14 Leeds Rhinos SLQPO 1999 H 38 14 1 VIEW
26th Sep 1999
L
14 Bradford Bulls SLQF 1999 A 4 40 VIEW
3rd Oct 1999
W
11 Castleford Tigers SLEF 1999 H 36 6 VIEW
9th Oct 1999
W
11 Bradford Bulls SLGF 1999 N 8 6 VIEW
9th Jan 2000
W
11 Halifax Blue Sox* Fr 2000 A 29 26 VIEW
24th Jan 2000
L
15 Melbourne Storm WCC 2000 N 6 44 VIEW
28th Jan 2000
L
11 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants* Fr 2000 H 10 20 VIEW
13th Feb 2000
W
12 Swinton Lions SCCC4 2000 A 36 22 VIEW
26th Feb 2000
L
16 Leeds Rhinos SCCC5 2000 A 20 26 VIEW
3rd Mar 2000
L
15 Bradford Bulls SL 2000 H 10 32 VIEW
17th Mar 2000
W
12 Hull Sharks SL 2000 A 28 20 VIEW
2nd Apr 2000
W
12 Wakefield Trinity SL 2000 H 29 22 VIEW
7th Apr 2000
W
12 Leeds Rhinos SL 2000 A 42 14 VIEW
16th Apr 2000
W
12 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2000 H 52 20 VIEW
21st Apr 2000
W
12 Wigan Warriors SL 2000 H 38 14 VIEW
24th Apr 2000
W
12 Warrington Wolves SL 2000 A 47 34 1 VIEW
1st May 2000
W
12 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants SL 2000 H 50 30 VIEW
7th May 2000
W
12 Castleford Tigers SL 2000 A 32 22 VIEW
12th May 2000
W
12 London Broncos SL 2000 A 26 20 VIEW
21st May 2000
W
12 Salford Reds SL 2000 H 46 22 VIEW
28th May 2000
W
12 Hull Sharks SL 2000 H 27 14 VIEW
16th Jul 2000
W
3 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants SL 2000 A 40 24 2 VIEW
21st Jul 2000
W
12 Castleford Tigers SL 2000 H 42 18 VIEW
30th Jul 2000
W
12 Salford Reds SL 2000 A 58 4 1 VIEW
6th Aug 2000
W
12 London Broncos SL 2000 H 46 12 1 VIEW
13th Aug 2000
L
12 Wakefield Trinity SL 2000 A 16 32 2 VIEW
20th Aug 2000
W
12 Warrington Wolves SL 2000 H 58 18 VIEW
27th Aug 2000
W
12 Salford Reds SL 2000 H 50 28 VIEW
1st Sep 2000
W
12 Leeds Rhinos SL 2000 A 35 20 VIEW
9th Sep 2000
W
12 London Broncos SL 2000 A 38 12 2 VIEW
15th Sep 2000
L
12 Wigan Warriors SL 2000 H 4 42 VIEW
22nd Sep 2000
W
17 Bradford Bulls SLQPO 2000 H 16 11 VIEW
29th Sep 2000
W
15 Wigan Warriors SLQF 2000 A 54 16 VIEW
14th Oct 2000
W
15 Wigan Warriors SLGF 2000 N 29 16 1 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 51 | LOSSES : 13 | DRAWS :

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