Place of Birth: Sydney, NSW
Senior Club: Brothers
School: Waverley College, NSW
Waratahs v British & Irish Lions (2013)
Brisbane City NRC (2014-2016)
Sydney-born Sam Talakai made the move north to in 2014 to join McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City for the inaugural National Rugby Championship for a shot at a professional contract with the St.George Queensland Reds.
His performances in the NRC impressed Reds forwards coach Nick Stiles (now head coach) and he was signed to an Elite Development Squad contract. He went on to be a regular starter for the Reds in the 2015 Super Rugby season and earn a spot in the Senior Squad for 2016.
Talakai is first cousins with English prop Mako Vunipola and had the opportunity to play against him in 2013 when the NSW Waratahs played the British & Irish Lions. While Talakai made his debut that night from the bench, the pair were never on the field at the same time, but it was still a proud moment for both families.
*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.