Lopeti Timani rugby player
Lopeti Timani rugby player

Lopeti Timani

28th Sep 1990 1.93m/125kg Blindside Flanker

Growing up in Tonga, Lopeti attended Atele Boys College and played his rugby for the Silapelu’ua club. He moved to Australia to pursue a rugby league career with the Canterbury Bulldogs, where he played 24 games in the U/20 Toyota Cup between 2009 and 2010.

His physical playing style and prior experience in rugby union caught the eye of selectors, and he was offered a contract to come back into the rugby fold with the HSBC Junior Waratahs for 2011.

From there, Lopeti’s professional rugby career has gone from strength to strength. He represented the HSBC Junior Waratahs in the 2011 IRB Pacific Rugby Cup and played alongside Grayson Hart at Southern Districts in the Shute Shield where he developed his ability to play at lock in addition to the back row.

He started his Super Rugby career with the Waratahs before joining the Melbourne Rebels in 2014.

Having made his Wallabies debut in 2016 against Argentina in Perth, the formidable back row force extended his contract with the side until at least the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

In 2018 he signed a deal with La Rochelle and has been granted an early release for his contract with the Rebels to sign a three-year deal with the Top 14 club.

He played represented the Wallabies 12 times and made 55 appearances in Super Rugby.

Timani left La Rochelle at the end of the 2020/21 season having played 27 times for the club. He joined Toulon ahead of the 2021/22 season.

The powerful forward completed his stand-down period from test rugby and in 2021, he turned out for Tonga in an Olympic 7s event. This made him eligible to represent Tonga's Test side despite playing 12 times for Australia.

He made his debut for Tonga against England in November 2021.

Timani has signed with Toulon in the Top 14 for the 2021-2022 season

In June Timani debuted for the Tonga sevens team at the Monaco Sevens tournament alongside Malakai Fekitoa, transferring his international affiliation from Australia to Tonga. On 6 November 2021 Timani made his test debut for Tonga in a 69-3 defeat by England as part of the 2021 Autumn Nations Series.

On 27 April 2022, Timani and Cardiff Rugby confirmed that the number-8 will play for the URC team from the 2022-23 season onwards.

He has recently been included in Tonga's final training squad for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

S.C june 23


image (1) Cardiff Rugby
Inside Centre
2022 - present
waratahs NSW Waratahs
No. 8
2012 - 2013
australia Australia
No. 8
2016 - 2017
rebels Melbourne Rebels
No. 8
2014 - 2018
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No. 8
2014 - 2018
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No. 8
2018 - 2021
toulon_rugby_logo RC Toulon
No. 8
2021 - 2022
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Blindside Flanker
2021 - 2023