Samuela Newa Vunisa rugby player
Samuela Newa Vunisa rugby player

Samuela Newa Vunisa

19th Aug 1988 1.93m/121kg Openside Flanker

Vunisa began his professional career in 2009, playing for New Zealand side Taranaki in the ITM Cup. He went on loan in the 2011-12 rugby season to Rugby Calvisano in Italy, and impressed as his team won the top level domestic league and the Excellence Trophy.

In the Summer of 2012 he returned to Calvisano for the 2012-13 season and has been playing his rugby in Italy ever since.

In the summer of 2013 he was signed by Zebre, and qualified for the Italy national rugby union team in Autumn 2014 under the IRB 3-year residency rule. He was called up into the squad for the 2014 Autumn Rugby Internationals, winning his first cap on 22 November 2014 against South Africa national rugby union team.

Powerful and athletic, Vunisa is an option across the back-row due to the combination of his speed, ball-carrying ability, physical strength and ability at the breakdown.

In 2015 he was included in the Italian squad for the Rugby world Cup in England, earning three cups during the tournament.

Following the conclusion of the World Cup, Vunisa spent two years with Saracens in the Aviva Premiership.

In May 2017, Vunisa signed for Glasgow Warriors for the 2017-18 season. The 28-year-old has 11 caps for Italy.

Career

Rugby_Calvisano_Logo Calvisano
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2011 - present
processimage Taranaki
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2009 - 2011
image Zebre Rugby
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2013 - 2015
italy Italy
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2014 - 2016
saracens Saracens
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2015 - 2017
image Fijian Drua
No. 8
2017 - 2017
warriors logo Glasgow Warriors
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2017 - 2018