Michael Alaalatoa
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Michael Alaalatoa

Michael Alaalatoa
Michael Alaalatoa 2014.jpg
Alaalatoa playing for the Country Eagles, October 2014
Full nameMichael Savea Ala'alatoa
Date of birth (1991-08-28) 28 August 1991 (age 29)
Place of birthSydney, Australia
Height189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight132 kg (291 lb; 20 st 11 lb)
SchoolNewington College
Notable relative(s)Vili Alaalatoa (father)
Allan Alaalatoa (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Current team Manawatu, Crusaders
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 Southern Districts 15 (0)
2014-2015 West Harbour 33 (15)
2014-2015 Waratahs 1 (0)
2014 NSW Country Eagles 9 (0)
2015- Manawatu 36 (20)
2016- Crusaders 61 (20)
Correct as of 13 April 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 Samoa U20 4 (0)
2019- Samoa 1 (0)
Correct as of 09 September 2019

Michael Savea Ala'alatoa (born 28 August 1991) is a Samoan rugby union player who currently plays as a prop for the Crusaders in the international Super Rugby competition.[1][2] Alaalatoa was eligible to play international rugby for Australia through birth and New Zealand through residency, prior to his international debut for Samoa in 2019.

Early life

Born into a rugby household where father Vili was a member of the Samoa squad for the 1991 Rugby World Cup, Alaalatoa was quickly introduced into the sporting world and played rugby, volleyball and cricket in his childhood.

Career

Rugby was where he excelled and he played three years in the Newington College First XV.[3] He made his way through the ranks in the New South Wales Shute Shield, initially with Southern Districts and later West Harbour. Some impressive performances at that level saw him become a regular member of the Waratahs wider training squad in 2014.[1]

An injury to regular front-rower Paddy Ryan saw Alaalatoa called up to the Waratahs first team for the final round of league matches in the 2014 Super Rugby season. He made his debut as a second-half replacement in the Waratahs 34-3 victory over the Reds in Brisbane.[4]

Leading up to the 2015 ITM Cup Alaalatoa moved to New Zealand and signed to play for Manawatu[5] where he had a solid season that earned him a 2016 super rugby contract with the Crusaders[6]

International

Alaalatoa was a member of the Samoa Under 20 side that competed in the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship.[7]

On 23 August 2019, he was named in Samoa's 34-man training squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup,[8] before being named in the final 31 on 31 August.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b "Michael Alaalatoa Waratahs Player Profile". Waratahs Rugby. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Michael Alaalatoa Player Statistics". itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Newington College Rugby Association Archived 18 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Reds vs Waratahs 12 July 2014 Match Breakdown". SA Rugby. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Prop Alaalatoa gives up Waratahs contract to play for Turbos".
  6. ^ "Crusaders nab giant Manawatu tighthead prop Michael Alaalatoa".
  7. ^ "Michael Alaalatoa IRB JWC Player Profile". IRB.com. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ Airey, Thomas (23 August 2019). "Alalatoa headlines Manu Samoa pre-World Cup squad". Samoa Observer. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Two uncapped players in Samoa squad for Japan". rugbyworldcup.com. Rugby World Cup. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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