Super Rugby


Height: 183cm
Weight: 116kg
Born: 04/09/1991
Place of Birth: Sydney, NSW
Senior Club: Brothers
School: Waverley College, NSW

Representative Honours
Waratahs v British & Irish Lions (2013)
Brisbane City NRC (2014-2016)
Queensland (2015-)



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Playing History

Representative Caps Points Debut
NRC: Brisbane City 23 11 (2T)* 2014 v Sydney Stars, Ballymore
Queensland 40 - 2015 v Brumbies, Canberra
Super Rugby 40 - 2015 v Brumbies, Canberra
Test Rugby - - -

Player Bio

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.



2017
Named in the formal leadership group for the Reds and established himself as the starting tighthead for Queensland.
2016
Featured in 13 games for the Reds in Super Rugby. Returned for Brothers in Queensland Premier Rugby and helped them claim their first Hospital Cup since 2009. Captained Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championship.
2015
Made his Super Rugby debut in Round 1 and went on to feature in all but two of the Reds’ games, starting in five of those appearances. Sam was the starting tighthead prop for Brisbane City throughout their undefeated title run in the National Rugby Championship.
2014
Starting tighhead prop for majority of Brisbane City’s National Rugby Championship title-winning campaign.

Suffered a dislocated shoulder against the Rebels at Suncorp Stadium, with shoulder surgery ruling him out of the remainder of the Super Rugby season along with Wallabies duties.


*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.



Updated 19/06/2017