On Saturday, May 6, David Tameilau became the 50th player in Major League Rugby to appear in 50 matches.
Tevita (Legion #59) began playing Rugby at Peninsula Green High School. He would earn selection to the High School All-Americans twice and was also selected for the US Junior All-Americans in the Junior World Trophy. Following high school, he took his sights away from Rugby to play football at San Francisco Community College and West Texas A&M where he was teammates with Alex Tucci.
After graduating from university, he returned to Rugby playing for San Francisco Golden Gate and also spent a summer with the Taranaki Academy. Following his time with Taranaki Academy, he played for the East Palo Alto Razorbacks and Life West.
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Tevita made his debut for the US National Team (Eagle #475) on February 13, 2016, against Canada in the 2016 America’s Rugby Championship. In total, he has earned 15 appearances for the United States.
Prior to joining the Legion, Tevita made nine appearances for the Utah Warriors (Warrior #33) in the inaugural season of Major League Rugby.
As a Senior Club player, Tevita has played for San Francisco Golden Gate, EPA Razorbacks, Life West, San Francisco Rush, Glasgow Warriors, Currie, RC Narbonne, and the Utah Warriors.
Ahead of today’s match, Tevita scored nine tries, made 365 ball carries, has 2884 meters run, 321 tackles made, and 562 rucks arrivals.
Major League Rugby is honoring the first 50 players to reach 50 caps and their role in building the legacy of MLR. The latest of the first 49 players to accomplish 50 caps for MLR includes Olive Kalifi of the Utah Warriors, Keni Nasoqeqe of the Houston SaberCats and Matt Harmon of NOLA Gold.
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