Representative Honours: Australian Sevens (2010-2011), Australian Under 20s (2011)
Senior Tours: UK/Europe 2013
Powerful ACT Brumbies centre TEVITA KURIDRANI quickly established himself as one of the Qantas Wallabies rising stars during a maiden 2013 Test campaign where he wore the green and gold jersey on eight occasions.
Kuridrani emerged as one of the linchpins of the Brumbies’ backline during the 2013 Super Rugby season before going on to earn his Test debut against the All Blacks in Australia’s opening Bledisloe Cup encounter of the year.
The 23-year-old would receive his first starting opportunity against South Africa in Cape Town only weeks later, a position he would lock down for the next five Tests before suspension put a premature end to his season, missing the final two games of Australia’s highly-successful Spring Tour.
Kuridrani scored twice in his debut Test season while he was also awarded his first Man of Gold honour in Australia’s 44-33 loss in the third Bledisloe Cup Test in Dunedin.
The Fijian-born flyer has continued his damaging ways since returning from suspension in 2014 with his rapid development hugely evident in what is just his third season of Super Rugby since debuting in 2012.
In 2013, Kuridrani became the go-to outside centre for Brumbies. The Fijian-born back featured in 16 games of their Super Rugby campaign and scored the winning try in their upset win over the Pretoria Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in the semi-final.
He had a habit of scoring crucial tries in 2013, crossing over for the only five pointer in the Brumbies historic 14-12 win over the British & Irish Lions in June – becoming the first Australian club side to beat the tourists since Queensland in 1971.
Kuridrani ran the right line at the right time, as fullback Jesse Mogg counter attacked inside the Lions’ half, shifting the ball wide to Andrew Smith who drew one defender before giving the ball to Kuridrani with plenty of work to do.
With two defenders to beat, Kuridrani fended off Lions’ winger Christian Wade, using him as a human shield to block the incoming fullback Rob Kearney, to allow ease of passage to the try line.
A solid defender but also a damaging ball runner with an ability to shed tackles, Kuridrani is in much the same mould as former Brumbies and Wallabies outside centre Stirling Mortlock.
His form in the 2013 Super Rugby season saw him named in new Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie’s first squad, with an extended 40-man group being assembled for the 2013 Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship.
Originally from Fiji, Kuridrani moved to Australia with his family in 2007 and has represented both Australia and Fiji in Rugby.
He represented Fiji Under 20s in 2001 but switched allegiances the following year to play for his adopted country at the 2011 Junior World Championship. He was called into the Australian Sevens program that same year, competing in Dubai, George, Hong Kong and Adelaide on the IRB Sevens World Series.
He joined the Reds Academy following the world series and in 2012 he attended a Brumbies Talent ID camp, where he was offered a two-year contract by coach Jake White.
Kuridrani grew up in the same village as NRL star Noa Nadruku and dual international Lote Tuqiri.