Folau Fainga'a
Position Hooker
Date of birth 5 May 1995
Height 178cm
Weight 106kg
Debut 2018 v New Zealand, Auckland
Caps 7

Biography

A dynamic and powerful No.2 of good size, Folau Fainga’a made a strong impression on national coach Michael Cheika in 2014 when he was a member of the Waratahs U20s. At the time Fainga’a was happy working as a concreter and playing club rugby however his subsequent selection for the Australian U20s in 2015 ignited his professional hopes and he trained with the senior Waratahs for eight weeks. Two seasons in the National Rugby Championship with the Sydney Stars and then the 2016 runners-up, the NSW Country Eagles, were followed by a surprise call-up to the Wallaby camp ahead of the 2017 third Bledisloe Cup Test. At that time Fainga’a, while signed to an extended playing squad contract for the 2018 season with the Brumbies, had not played a single match of Super Rugby. Fainga’a debuted off the bench against the Rebels and a little over five months later ran on to Eden Park for his maiden Test. In 2019 Fainga’a starred during the Super Rugby season as the Brumbies near unstoppable rolling maul paved the way for him to equal Malcolm Marx’s record of 12 tries for a forward.

Highlights

2016

Represented Australia U20s at the World Rugby U20s Championship in Italy.

2017

Was included in the Wallabies squad for the third Bledisloe Test in Brisbane.

2018

Fainga’a won his first Test cap off the bench when he replaced Tatafu Polota-Nau at hooker in the 2nd Test, 12-40 defeat to New Zealand at Eden Park. He had his first start in the run-on XV in the 12-23 loss to South Africa at Port Elizabeth. Fainga’a finished the season with a total of seven Test caps to his name.

Rugby World Cup 2020 season

Points 0
Carries 7
Metres 7
Successful Tackles 8
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