Telusa Veainu rugby player
Telusa Veainu rugby player

Telusa Veainu

26th Dec 1990 1.80m/85kg Left Wing

Veainu went to St Andrew's College in Christchurch where in his final year of school he was made captain of the 1st XV. He was a regular in Canterbury age group sides over the years, making the U 16's, 18's and 19's whilst still at school. Veainu was a star on the wing for the NZ U20s at the World Cup in Argentina where he scored five tries.

Selected to the Canterbury squad for the 2010 ITM Cup, Veainu made his debut off the bench against Hawke's Bay and subsequently started in every match, scoring eight tries as Canterbury won the championship. Playing with Canterbury again for the 2011 ITM Cup, Veainu scored a further 5 tries in 11 games, in the process helping Canterbury win their fourth consecutive title.

After a solid ITM Cup season in 2010, Veainu received a contract to play for the Highlanders for the 2011 Super Rugby season. He made his debut in the Highlanders win over the Bulls in week 3 of the competition. He played Super Rugby for the Crusaders after that before a more permanent move to the Rebels - he represented Tonga in the 2015 RWC.

In October 2015 after a stellar World Cup display, Veainu signed for Leicester Tigers in the Premiership. In November 2017, Veainu agreed a contract extension at the club following some eye-catching form in the 2017-18 season, scoring five tries in 8 appearances for Tigers, in his third season with the club.

In May 2018, Veainu was voted The Player's Player of the Year at the 2018 RPA Players’ Awards.

(LS May 10, 2018)

Career

275213_100002908945441_1598230740_n Tonga
Right Wing
2015 - present
leicester Leicester Tigers
Left Wing
2015 - present
Untitled Canterbury
Left Wing
2010 - 2013
highlanders Highlanders
Outside Centre
2011 - 2013
crusadars Crusaders
Right Wing
2012 - 2013
Untitled Hawke's Bay
Left Wing
2013 - 2014
rebels Melbourne Rebels
Left Wing
2014 - 2015
image Melbourne Rising
Left Wing
2015 - 2016