Peter Samu
Position Flanker
Date of birth 17 December 1991
Height 185cm
Weight 101kg

Biography

Melbourne-born Peter Samu is an explosive ball carrying backrower. With an American Samoan father and a Samoan mother, his parents flew the flag for the All Blacks, but young Peter supported the Wallabies.

Samu actually played halfback until the U18s before his schoolboy coach shifted him into the back row. After school, he played club rugby for Randwick and was briefly in the Waratahs' wider training squad under then coach Michael Foley.

Samu spent two seasons in England with the St Ives club in Cornwall before he returned to Randwick. In 2014, Samu moved to New Zealand, playing club rugby in Nelson with Waimea Old Boys and from there earned a call-up to the Tasman Makos later that season.

After a standout season for the Crusaders development side, Samu was called into the Crusaders’ 2016 Super Rugby squad as injury cover, ultimately earning a permanent place. A standout 2018 provincial season put his name firmly at the top of Wallaby coach Michael Cheika’s wish list. Soon thereafter Samu made the decision to commit his international future to Australia, when he signed with the Brumbies, and within a matter of weeks he wore Wallaby gold in the home series against Ireland.

2018

Samu won his first Test cap off the bench when he replaced Caleb Timu at No.8 in the 1st Test, 18-9 victory over Ireland at Suncorp. He collected a further eight caps over the course of the season including a debut in the run-on XV against South Africa in Brisbane. Samu missed the away matches against South Africa and Argentina after he hyperextended his left knee in the loss to the Pumas on the Gold Coast.

2019

A hamstring strain suffered in the Brumbies’ Super Rugby quarter-final win over the Sharks ultimately ended Samu’s Rugby Championship and Rugby World Cup campaigns.

Tri Nations 2021 season