TJ Faiane

TJ Faiane
264

SNAPSHOT

  • Number: 264
  • Position: Midfield Back
  • Born: 24/08/95
  • Height: 175
  • Weight: 92
  • Province: Auckland
  • Provincial Debut: 2014 v Bay of Plenty
  • Blues Debut: 2017 v Crusaders
  • Blues Caps: 24 (SR 23)
  • Blues Points: 5
  • Breakdown: 1 T

TJ is an exciting midfield back whose blistering pace and agility turned heads while playing for the New Zealand Secondary Schools (2013) and New Zealand Under-20s (2014,2015). The St Kentigern College old boy graduated in 2013, after helping the team win three consecutive 1A titles.

TJ debuted for the Auckland provincial side in 2014 at the age of 18 and in 2015 he was again selected for the NZ U20 team, which won the World Rugby Under 20 Championship title.

TJ debuted for the Blues in 2017 against the Crusaders and played 7 more times that season, including the memorable victory against the British & Irish Lions. In 2018, TJ added another 8 Blues caps to his name.

An incredible premiership winning season as captain for Auckland was more than enough to earn a new contract for the Blues in 2019.

2019 will see TJ competing with All Black veterans Sonny Bill Williams and Ma’a Nonu for the starting centre spots.