Semise Talakai rugby player
Semise Talakai rugby player

Semise Talakai

4th Sep 1991 1.81m/120kg Tighthead Prop

Sydney-born Sam Talakai made the move north to Brisbane following Sydney University’s 2014 Shute Shield season to join Brisbane City for the inaugural National Rugby Championship for a shot at a professional contract.

His performances in the NRC impressed Reds forwards coach Nick Stiles 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 earned a spot in the Senior Squad for 2016. He 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.

In October 2017, he signed for the Melbourne Rebels until the end of 2019 has made 41 Super Rugby appearances for the Reds. Over the next three seasons Talakai would make 31 appearances for the Rebels, playing a crucial role in the young Club’s development on and off the field.

Following the 2018 Super Rugby Season, he joined Suntory Sungoliath for the Japanese Top League season.

Talakai has played 161 senior games across two countries by June 2022 when he signed a two-year deal to re-join the Rebels.

JW June 2022


rebels Melbourne Rebels
Tighthead Prop
2018 - present
australia Australia
Tighthead Prop
2022 - present
waratahs NSW Waratahs
Loosehead Prop
reds Queensland Reds
Loosehead Prop
2015 - 2017
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Tighthead Prop
Sungoliath Tokyo Sungoliath
Tighthead Prop
2018 - 2022