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Kahn Fotuali'i (born 22 May 1982) is a Samoan rugby union player for Montpellier in the Top 14. He plays as a scrum-half.

Kahn Fotuali'i
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Kahn playing for Ospreys in the Heineken Cup
Birth nameKhan Faasega Fotuali'i
Date of birth (1982-05-22) 22 May 1982 (age 37)
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
Height184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb; 207 lb)
SchoolOnehunga High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2013
2013–2016
2016-2019
2019–
Ospreys
Northampton
Bath
Montpellier
47
61
63
0
(43)
(43)
(5)
(0)
Correct as of 12 August 2015
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–2009
2010–2011
Tasman
Hawke's Bay
38
18
(38)
(27)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2011 Crusaders 28 (33)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011– Samoa 35 (28)
Correct as of 17 July 2017

In 2002 he played with New Haven Rugby in the United States and led the club to a Division II national championship playing primarily at #10. In 2004, he debuted for Nelson Bays, who later merged with Marlborough to form the Tasman Rugby Union. In 2008, he made his Crusaders debut. Fotuali'i had a successful year in 2010 scoring five tries for the Crusaders and starting most games ahead of All Blacks halfback Andy Ellis until he was suspended for breaking Crusaders protocol.[1] However, from his impressive form on the field for the Crusaders many thought Fotuali'i would be very close to All Black selection.[2]

In 2010 Fotuali'i chose to represent Samoa for their 2010 end-of-year tour. He made his debut for them against Japan where he scored Samoa's only try to win the game 13-10 and was man of the match.

He signed a two-year deal with Welsh side Ospreys ahead of the 2011/12 season.[3] He scored his first try for the Ospreys against Glasgow Warriors in a 20-26 defeat.

Early in 2013, he was still with Ospreys, but there was speculation that he might join another club in Europe.[4] He rejected a new deal by the Ospreys and signed for Northampton Saints on 24 January 2013.[5] In 2014 he started as Northampton beat Saracens to win the Premiership final.[6]

Towards the end of the 2015/16 season, whilst at Northampton Saints it was rumoured that he had signed for another premiership team, Bath Rugby. At the Saints last game of the season, at Gloucester, this was confirmed.

On September 3, 2016 Kahn Fotuali'i made his Bath Rugby debut against his former Northampton Saints team, with Bath winning the match 18-14 at Northampton for the first time in 16 years.[7]

On 28 June 2019, Fotuali'i signed a one-year contract to join French side Montpellier in the Top 14 for the 2019-20 season.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kahn Fotuali'i suspended by the Crusaders for a protocol breach". Radiolive.co.nz. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Fotuali'i opts for Ospreys". Sky Sports. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Swansea: The latest news, sport, what's on and business from Swansea and Gower". Thisissouthwales.co.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Northampton Saints sign Samoa scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i from Ospreys". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Premiership final: Saracens 20-24 Northampton Saints". 31 May 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Premiership: Northampton Saints 14-18 Bath". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Kahn Fotuali'i swaps Bath for Montpellier". Planet Rugby. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.