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  • Writer's pictureAlan Thomas

Pete Samu

Where ever you read about this fast developing rugby talent the fact that he played rugby for St Ives Cornwall is always mentioned. Sources inform it was the 2010-11 season, the last time we were in the South West 1 West league. More information about his performances for the Hakes is scant. This post is to celebrate that and his selection for the Australian Wallabies.

"Melbourne-born Peter Samu is an explosive ball carrying backrower. With an American Samoan father and a Samoan mother, his parents flew the flag for the All Blacks, but young Peter supported the Wallabies. Samu actually played halfback until the U18s before his schoolboy coach shifted him into the back row."

"After school, he played club rugby for Randwick and was briefly in the Waratahs' wider training squad under then coach Michael Foley. Samu also spent two seasons in England with the St Ives club in Cornwall before he returned to Randwick."

"In 2014, Samu moved to New Zealand, playing club rugby in Nelson with Waimea Old Boys and from there earned a call-up to the Tasman Makos later that season. After a standout season for the Crusaders development side, Samu was called into the Crusaders Super Rugby squad as injury cover, ultimately earning a permanent place."

"He signed with the Brumbies ahead of the 2019 season, making him eligible for the Wallabies once again."



"Samu made his Wallabies debut in Brisbane, coming off the bench and replacing Pete Samu in 58th minute defeating Ireland 18-9."

Samu has also come off the bench in this year's Rugby Championship in the 40:12 defeat against New Zealand.

Thanks to the Prisk family for their help in this post, initiated by the Brumbies media people.

Photos courtesy of Aaron Rowe, Niall Prisk and

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