Alisi Tupuailei

Alisi Tupuailei (born 1 February 1982) is a Samoa-born Japanese professional rugby union player who currently plays for Honda Heat and the Japan national rugby union team.

Alisi Tupuailei
Birth nameAlisi Tupuailei
Date of birth (1982-02-01) 1 February 1982
Place of birthManunu, Samoa
Height187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight116 kg (18 st 4 lb; 256 lb)
SchoolLinwood College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre, Wing
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
New Brighton ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Honda Heat
Canon Eagles
Navy SC


National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
New Zealand U21


National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2009-12 Japan


Tupuailei played for Canterbury in the provincial games. He has represented Japan in both sevens and the main code. He made his Rugby World Cup debut in 2011. He was part of the Japanese squad to the 2012 Hong Kong Sevens. The greatest opponent Alisi has met thus far in his career, was in a recent match against the aging Sumner Sharks at the paddock known as St Leonards Square, where his side (the New Brighton Taniwha) were unlucky to only draw in adverse conditions. His most feared opponent is Adrian Collis, but despite his best efforts management decided to keep him off the field. Had he got on in the rage he was in, who knows Alisi's career might have been in trouble....

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