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Saia Fainga'a
Australia
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Full name Saia M. Fainga'a
Born February 2, 1987, Queanbeyan
Current age 27 years 264 days
Major teams Brumbies, Queensland Country, Queensland Reds, Australia
Position Hooker
Height 6 ft 2 in
Weight 238 lb
Relations Brother - AS Fainga'a, Brother - C Fainga'a

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2010-2014 32 10 22 0 0 0 0 0 16 16 0 50.00
Bledisloe Cup 2010-2014 10 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0 20.00
IRB Rugby World Cup 2011-2011 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 100.00
The Rugby Championship 2010-2014 18 5 13 0 0 0 0 0 7 11 0 38.88

Career statistics
Test debut Australia v Fiji at Canberra, Jun 5, 2010 match details
Last Test Australia v New Zealand at Brisbane, Oct 18, 2014 match details
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A product of the Brumbies academy, Faingaa's breakout season came in 2010 with the Queensland Reds. A former Australian captain at Under 19 level, where he led them to a World Championship, his Super Rugby bow with ACT was fast tracked in 2006 due to injuries. After establishing a place in the squad he played regularly for the Brumbies before moving to the Reds in 2009, along with twin brother Anthony. At the end of the 2010 Super 14 season, a year in which he had nailed down a starting berth at the Reds, he won a call-up to the full Australia squad.

His Test bow came against Fiji as a replacement but he started subsequent meetings with England and Ireland, although he and his front-row colleagues shipped two penalty tries to the English in Perth. Faingaa continued to be a regular presence in the side through the Tri-Nations and made history when named in the starting line-up along with his brother, against the All Blacks in Christchurch, when they becme the first set of twins since Mark and Glen Ella to start for the Wallabies in a Test.

Faingaa's remarkable rise continued in 2011 Super Rugby season. He was a key part of the side which tookt he Super Rugby title and his prolific form was further rewarded by Australia's coach Robbie Deans who named the hooker in his final 30-man squad for the 2011 World Cup, where he made two substitute appearances for the Wallabies.

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Sep 27, 2014
Handre Pollard of South Africa is tackled by James Horwill and Saia Fainga'a
Handre Pollard of South Africa is tackled by James Horwill and Saia Fainga'a
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Jul 20, 2013
The Crusaders' Sam Whitelock breaks the tackle of the Reds' Saia Faingaa and Jake Schatz
The Crusaders' Sam Whitelock breaks the tackle of the Reds' Saia Faingaa and Jake Schatz
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May 10, 2013
Queensland Reds' Saia Faingaa (l) crosses over for a try
Queensland Reds' Saia Faingaa (l) crosses over for a try
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Sep 12, 2011
Australia's Kurtley Beale and Drew Mitchell sport their 'budgy smugglers' for a team recovery session
Australia's Kurtley Beale and Drew Mitchell sport their 'budgy smugglers' for a team recovery session
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