Henry Fa'afili

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Henry Fa'afili
Henry Fa'afili.jpg
Fa'afili while playing for Warrington in 2007
Personal information
Full nameHenry Aau Fa'afili[1]
Born (1980-05-30) 30 May 1980 (age 39)
Moto'otua, Apia, Western Samoa
Playing information
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight93 kg (14 st 7 lb)
Rugby league
PositionWing, Centre, Five-eighth, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000–03 Auckland Warriors 94 38 0 0 152
2004–07 Warrington Wolves 97 73 0 0 288
Total 191 111 0 0 440
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000 Samoa 4 2 8
2001–06 New Zealand 9 5 0 0 20
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–10 Biarritz Olympique 24 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Leeds Carnegie 43 5 0 0 25
2011–12 Connacht Rugby 22 0 0 0 0
Total 89 5 0 0 25
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–09 Samoa 10 1 0 0 (5)
Source: [2][3]

Henry Fa'afili (born 30 May 1980) is a former professional rugby league and rugby union footballer who played in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. He played representative rugby league (RL) for New Zealand Secondary Schools, the New Zealand Junior Kiwis, New Zealand and Samoa, and at club level for Auckland Warriors and the Warrington Wolves (Heritage № 1055), as a wing, centre, stand-off, or second-row,[2] he switched codes in 2007, and played representative rugby union (RU) for Samoa, and at club level for Biarritz Olympique, Leeds Carnegie and Connacht Rugby, as a wing, or centre.[3]

Early years[edit]

Fa'afili was born in Apia, Samoa, he was educated at both Manurewa High School and De La Salle College, Mangere East. He represented both the New Zealand Secondary Schools team and the Junior Kiwis in 1998.[4]

New Zealand Warriors[edit]

He made his début for the Auckland Warriors in the Australasian National Rugby League in 2000.

Warrington Wolves[edit]

Fa'afili signed for the Warrington Wolves in 2004, and made his début on Sunday 8 August 2004, and whilst at the Warrington Wolves he scored many tries from high cross field kicks from Lee Briers, he scored 73 tries in 97 appearances for the Warrington Wolves. He was the top try-scorer in the Super League for the 2007's Super League XII, he left the Warrington Wolves at the end of 2007 season because of salary cap restraints. Fa'afili played his last match for the Warrington Wolves in the 34–26 victory over the Salford City Reds on Friday 14 September 2007.

Biarritz Olympique[edit]

Fa'afili agreed what was initially seen as a short-term deal with French rugby union side Biarritz, he was initially meant to play there short-term but ended up staying longer.

Leeds Carengie[edit]

He joined Leeds Carnegie ahead of the 2010–11 English Premiership season but left after one season when the club were relegated.

Connacht Rugby[edit]

Henry joined Connacht in the summer of 2011 as part of Head Coach Eric Elwood's squad, joining fellow Samoan Ray Ofisa, he left after one season

International career[edit]

Fa'afili has also represented New Zealand in rugby league at international level on several occasions, scoring a hat-trick against Great Britain in 2003 at Ewood Park, Blackburn during the Tri-Nations, his last appearance for New Zealand was against Great Britain in June 2006 at St Helens. He also represented Samoa in the 2000 World Cup, he has also been capped internationally in rugby union for Samoa


  1. ^ FA'AFILI, HENRY AAU 2001 – 2006 – KIWI #687 Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine nzleague.co.nz
  2. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org (RL)". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Statistics at en.espn.co.uk (RU)". en.espn.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p.181

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