- 26 Age
- 120kg Weight
- 182cm Height
A strong scrummaging tighthead prop, Alaalatoa has followed in the footsteps of his father Vili who represented Manu Samoa at the 1991 Rugby World Cup. A schoolboy rugby prodigy for Newington College in Sydney’s Inner West, Alaalatoa went on to represent both Australian Schools and the Australian U20s side (now known as Junior Wallabies).
Alaalatoa was such a talent that he won selection to three successive Junior World Championships with the Australia U20s. He signed with the ACT Brumbies in 2014 and made a surprise debut in the Super Rugby qualifying final against the Chiefs in Canberra.
In 2016, Alaalatoa came off the bench to make his Test debut against New Zealand in Sydney and by the end of the following season had firmly entrenched himself within the Wallabies match day squad. His 2018 started on the wrong foot when he was ruled out of the home series against Ireland due to an ankle injury however he returned to be capped in all but one of the year’s final 10 Tests and late in the season signed a five-year deal to remain in Australian rugby through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Alaalatoa’s experience saw him take charge of the Brumbies in 2020, leading the side to their first Super Rugby title since 2004 when they defeated the Queensland Reds in Canberra to win Super Rugby AU.
Represented Australian Schools against England and New Zealand.
Selected in the Australian U20s squad for the fifth-annual IRB Junior World Championship tournament in South Africa.
Selected in the Australian U20s squad for the sixth-annual IRB Junior World Championship tournament in France.
Selected in the Australian U20s squad for the seventh-annual IRB Junior World Championship tournament in New Zealand.
Alaalatoa enjoyed a robust Super rugby season with the ACT Brumbies, one that saw him duly rewarded with a first Test cap when he replaced Sekope Kepu in the 55th minute of 1st Test against the All Blacks in Sydney. Alaalatoa won a total of nine test caps for the year including a debut in the starting XV when selected at tight head prop against France in Paris.
Alaalatoa started at tight head prop in each of the opening five Tests of the season and went on to win a total of 13 caps for the year.
He was a late withdrawal from the match day squad for the opening Test against Ireland after he took a knock on the ankle at Thursday training. He missed the rest of the Irish series before he returned for The Rugby Championship and the Spring Tour. Alaalatoa earned nine caps from the year’s final 10 Tests.
Another injury, this time to his foot, saw Alaalatoa miss the opening two matches of The Rugby Championship. He then started six of the Wallabies’ next eight matches, including four games - against Fiji, Wales, Uruguay and England - at this first Rugby World Cup.