Tevita Kuridrani
Position Centre
Date of birth 31 March 1991
Height 192cm
Weight 102kg
Debut 2013 v New Zealand, Sydney
Caps 58 Tests

Biography

Tevita Kuridrani belongs to Fijian sporting royalty. Among his many family are Wallaby #783 Lote Tuqiri, Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo and Canberra Raiders winger Noa Nadruku. Another cousin, Iliseva Batibasaga, represented the Aussie Women’s Sevens from 2011 to 2013. Kuridrani moved to Australia in his late teens and attended Corinda State High School, playing club rugby in Brisbane. As a consequence he managed to win selection in the Fiji U20s squad before making Australian debut in the 2010-11 Sevens World Series. In 2012 he joined the Brumbies and made his Super Rugby debut against Queensland. A little over a year later he was named to play his maiden Test against New Zealand in Sydney.

Highlights

2010
Selected in the Fiji U20s squad for the Junior World Championships in Argentina. Represented Australia in the Sevens World Series.

2011
Selected in the Australia U20s squad for the Junior World Championships in Italy.

2013
Kuridrani debuted off the bench in the first Bledisloe Test, and was given his first start against South Africa in Cape Town. In all, Kuridrani won eight caps for the season however on the Spring Tour he became just the third Wallaby to be sent from the field following a tip tackle on Irish flanker Peter O'Mahony.

2014
He played in 12 of the season’s 14 Tests, 11 of those as the starting No. 13.

2015
Firmly established as the top outside centre Kuridrani won 11 caps for the season, 10 of which came in the run-on XV. He scored a personal season-best five Test tries including one that brought Australia back into the game in the Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand.

2016
Picked in 14 of the year’s 15 internationals Kuridrani had a roller coaster season as he relinquished his place in the starting side for much of the Rugby Championship. However, he turned it all around on the Spring Tour to finish the season as the Wallabies’ top try-scorer bagging five-pointers against Wales, a match-winner against Scotland, France and Ireland.

2017
For a third year running Kuridrani missed selection for just a single international as he won a further 13 test caps. He played his 50th Test when selected at outside centre against South Africa in Perth. In the season’s final Test he scored two tries to become just the 15th Wallaby to score 20 career Test tries and the 28th Wallaby to score 100 career Test points.

2018

Kuridrani was overlooked for the home series against Ireland before he tore a pectoral muscle in the final round of Super Rugby and as a result missed the remainder of the international season.

The Rugby Championship 2020 season