Place of Birth: Apia, Samoa
Senior Club: Sunnybank
School: Anglican Church Grammar School
Queensland Schoolboys (2010)
Australia Under 20s (2013)
Brisbane City NRC (2015)
Henry Taefu joined the St.George Queensland Reds Senior Squad in late 2015 following an impressive season for Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championship.
Born in Apia, Samoa, Henry moved to Brisbane with his family at the age of 12. By the time he was 16, the talented centre had secured a scholarship to attend his final two years of high school at Anglican Church Grammar School, where his Rugby career began.
He spent two years playing league after high school, as a member of the Parramatta Eels Under-18 and Under-20 squads, before returning to his preferred code in 2012 to join Queensland Premier Rugby side Sunnybank.
Henry’s journey to this point has not been a straightforward one. In 2013, while playing for the Australian Under-20s Rugby side at the Junior World Championship in France, he suffered a shoulder injury, which required surgery. While having his shoulder reconstructed, the surgeon uncovered an adrenal gland tumour the size of an orange. Unbeknownst to Henry, the tumour had been affecting his ability to exercise, as it spiked his adrenaline levels whenever he raised his heart rate.
He worked hard to return to the field and after an eight-month recovery was back playing for Sunnybank, helping steer them to a grand final appearance in 2014.
*Please note, the scoring in the National Rugby Championship changed from seasons 1 and 2 to season 3. In 2014 and 2015 tries were worth 5 points, conversions 3 points, penalties/drop goals 2 points. In 2016, tries were worth 6 points, conversions/penalty goals/drop goals 2 points.