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Charlie Faumuina

Charlie Faumuina
Full name Charles Faumuina
Date of birth (1986-12-24) 24 December 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth South Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 125 kg (276 lb)
School Papatoetoe High School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Tighthead Prop
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007– New Zealand Auckland 45 (10)
correct as of 4 November 2012.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009– New Zealand Blues 45 (10)
correct as of 01 June 2013.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2012- New Zealand 14 (0)
correct as of 19 October 2013.

Charles Faumuina (born 24 December 1986 in South Auckland, New Zealand) is a rugby union player who plays prop, for Blues in Super Rugby and New Zealand internationally.[1]

Career

As well as the Blues, Faumuina also plays for Auckland in the ITM Cup. His main position is tighthead prop but has also covered loosehead prop for the Blues.

Faumuina was a late recruit to rugby union, and played only rugby league until selected for the Papatoetoe High School 1st XV rugby team.[2] His progress in rugby union was rapid and in 2007 he was selected to make his first-class rugby debut for the New Zealand Colts against Canada. The same year he made his debut for Auckland as a substitute against the Counties Manukau Steelers in the Air New Zealand Cup.[3] On 7 March 2009, Faumuina made his Super Rugby debut against the Sharks when international prop John Afoa was ruled out through injury.

In 2011, due to extended injury layoff to Tony Woodcock, Faumuina started the majority of games for the Blues in a successful season.

In 2012 Faumuina played 10 of the Blues first 11 games in the Super Rugby season and missed only the game against the Chiefs due to injury.[1]

Blues head coach Pat Lam believes Faumuina, despite his size, has a dancer's agility. "He's a big man but his footwork is unbelievable, he’s got footwork like a ballerina and I think it's a massive asset," said Lam.[1]

On 8 September 2012, he made his debut for the All Blacks as a substitute in the 73rd minute in a test against Argentina.

Notes

External links

  • Auckland player profile
  • Blues player profile
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