Tevita Kuridrani

  • 28 Age
  • 102kg Weight
  • 192cm Height

Biography

Tevita Kuridrani, the hard-nosed, straight running ACT Brumby centre, belongs to Fijian sporting royalty. Among his many family are Wallaby #783 Lote Tuqiri, former Randwick, Waratah, Crusaders and Fijian XV’s giant Nemani Nadolo and Canberra Raiders’ NRL champion winger Noa Nadruku. Another cousin, Iliseva Batibasaga, represented the Australian women's 7s team (2011-13). Kuridrani moved to Australia in his late teens and attended Corinda State High School. Unfortunately the school didn’t have a rugby team so he had to take the step up and play club football in Brisbane. As a consequence he managed to win selection in the Fijian U20 squad before he swapped allegiance to make his Australian debut in the 2010-11 IRB Sevens season.

In 2012 he joined the Brumbies and made his Super Rugby debut against Queensland. A little over a year later he was named to play his maiden Test against New Zealand in Sydney. So crucial did Kuridrani become to the Wallaby midfield that from his debut match he missed just nine Tests through to the end of the 2017 season. Unfortunately he was the only constant in the centre pairing over those five seasons. In his 48 starts Kuridrani partnered eight different No.12s and just two of the eight - Matt To’omua and Matt Giteau - were by his side for more than six Tests. One notable highlight of Kuridrani’s career occurred on the 2016 Spring Tour when he scored tries in four of the five Tests to almost emulate Mark Ella’s unique feat during the 1984 Grand Slam.

Highlights

2010

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

2010/11

Represented Australia in the IRB Sevens World Series.

2011

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

2013

Kuridrani won his first Test cap from the bench when he replaced Jesse Mogg in the 1st Test, 29-47 loss to New Zealand in Sydney. He was selected in the starting XV for the first time, at outside centre, in the 8-28 loss to South Africa in Cape Town. In all Kuridrani won eight caps for the season however on the Spring Tour he became just the third Wallaby to be sent from the field following a tip tackle on Irish No.6 Peter O'Mahony.

2014

He played in 12 of the season’s 14 Tests, eleven of those as the starting No. 13.

2015

Firmly established as the No.1 outside centre Kuridrani won 11 caps for the season, 10 of which came in the run-on XV. He scored a season best five Test tries including one that brought Australia back into the game during the Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand.

2016

Picked in 14 of the year’s 15 internationals Kuridrani enjoyed a roller-coaster season as he relinquished his place in the starting side for much of the Rugby Championship. However, he turned it all around on the Spring Tour to finish the season as the Wallabies’ top try scorer when he bagged five pointers against Wales, a match winner against Scotland, France and Ireland.

2017

For a third year running Kuridrani missed selection for just a single international as he won a further 13 test caps. He played his 50th Test when selected at outside centre in the 23-23, 1st Test draw against South Africa in Perth. In the season’s final Test he scored two tries to become just the 15th Wallaby to score 20 career Test tries and the 28th Wallaby to score 100 career Test points.

2018

Kuridrani was overlooked for the home series against Ireland before he tore a pectoral muscle in the final round of Super Rugby and as a result missed the remainder of the international season.