Scott Sio

  • 27 Age
  • 115kg Weight
  • 187cm Height

Biography

Scott Sio is the son of Manu Samoan front row forward Tavita ‘David’ Sio and has a christian name that is steeped in rugby history. Scott was born in 1991, the pinnacle of his father's Test career, at the time of that year’s Rugby World Cup. His dad was a member of the famous, giant-killing Samoan XV who upset Wales, almost beat Australia and ultimately made a shock quarter-final appearance. Back at home in Sydney, mum Tina gave birth to a baby boy in the week before Samoa played Scotland in Edinburgh. "Historically in our culture we commemorate events by naming a child or something like that," father David once explained. "When he was born it was just fitting we were in Edinburgh, and we were playing a quarter-final against Scotland. If we won, he would have been Manu Samoa, but as it turns out we didn't. I said: ‘Let's just call him Scotland’".

That was shortened to Scott, and 21 years later young Sio emulated his dad by winning a first Test cap, against New Zealand in Sydney. Sio holds a rather unique and obscure Australian rugby record. As at the end of the 2018 season he had played more Tests (55) than any other Wallaby without completing at least one full, 80-minute game.

Highlights

2009

Selected for Australian Schools against Ireland Schools, Wales U18s and England U17s in the end-of season tour to the United Kingdom and Ireland.

2010

Selected in the Australian U20s squad for the third-annual IRB Junior World Championship tournament in Argentina.

2011

Selected in the Australian U20s squad for the fourth-annual IRB Junior World Championship tournament in Italy.

2013

Sio was named in the Wallabies extended squad for the series against the British & Irish Lions but did not make it into the match-day 23 for any of the three Tests. He was released back to the ACT Brumbies for their clash against the tourists and started in his team’s historic 14-12 win. Sio won his first Test cap off the bench when he replaced James Slipper in the 29-47, 1st Test loss to New Zealand in Sydney. Three weeks later he won his first cap in the run-on XV when chosen at loose head prop in the 12-38, 1st Test loss to South Africa in Brisbane.

2014

Sio earned a single cap for the year when he came on as a replacement in the 3rd Test against France in Sydney. An ankle syndesmosis injury while training ahead of the 1st Test against New Zealand and subsequent fitness-related issues saw Sio miss the rest of the international season.

2015

He won 11 Test caps from a potential 12 internationals and was selected to his first Rugby World Cup. Sio earned wide-ranging plaudits for his scrummaging efforts in the pool match against host England as the much-maligned Australian eight won a clear-cut knockout decision against a side that had troubled them for at least a decade.

2016

Sio earned 14 Test caps and only missed the 2nd Test against England in Melbourne. He scored his first Test try in the 10-18, 2nd Test loss to South Africa in Pretoria.

2017

Sio mIssed selection in the opening Test of the year against Fiji as he rehabilitated from damaged medial and patellar ligaments in his knee. He recovered to play in all 13 of the Wallabies’ remaining internationals, the last 12 of which he was selected as the starting loose-head prop.

2018

Sio started at loose head prop in 12 of the Wallabies’ 13 Test matches and only missed the first Bledisloe Cup due to a shoulder injury he had carried for a few weeks. Sio played his 50th Test in the 12-23 loss to South Africa at Port Elizabeth.