Freddie is a Samoan former professional rugby footballer of the 1990s and 2000s and the oldest brother. After playing rugby union at international level, he turned professional and played rugby league for English clubs Halifax Blue Sox and St. Helens. He played as a wing or center and is now retired.
He gained his first international experience playing for Samoa on the 1991 tour to New Zealand. He was also selected for Samoa’s 1991 Rugby World Cup squad. Between 1992 and 1995, he toured with Samoa to Australia and South Africa, and was included in their 1995 Rugby World Cup squad. He played against South Africa in the quarter final.
After the 1995 world cup, Tuilagi turned professional for the Halifax Rugby League team, making 57 Super League appearances for them in two years, scoring an impressive 26 tries. In 1999, he joined St Helens. Tuilagi played for St. Helens at second-row in their 1999 Super League Grand Final victory over Bradford Bulls. Having won the 1999 Championship, St. Helens contested in the 2000 World Club Challenge against National Rugby League Premiers the Melbourne Storm, with Tuilagi playing from the interchange bench in the loss. He also played for St Helens from the interchange bench, scoring a try in their 2000 Super League Grand Final victory over Wigan Warriors. He'd made 35 appearances, scoring eleven tries.
NORTHERN HEMISPHERE RUGBY UNION
He left St. Helens in June 2000 and signed for Leicester Tigers, also making his return to the Samoa national side. He toured with them in the summer of 2002. He was also selected to tour New Zealand, but was prevented from doing so by an injury, which also denied him a place in national side's world cup squad. Tuilagi started the victorious 2002 Heineken Cup Final for Leicester. In the 2003–4 season his younger brother Henry also signed for Leicester, and his younger brother Alesana joined the following season. In 2004–5 season Tuilagi signed for Cardiff Blues. Unfortunately injury limited the number of times he was able to play for Cardiff and was released early In 2005–6 season Tuilagi played for Castres Olympique in the French Top 14.
POST PLAYING CAREER
Since retiring from playing, Tuilagi has acted as an agent for several players – mainly Samoans playing abroad through his company Global Bro Sports.Tuilagi also had a spell playing American Football for the Leicester Falcons during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Now Freddie is the CEO and Owner of the Tuilagi Rugby Festivals and TuilaGin.
CAREER IN NUMBERS
1999-2000 St. Helens
2000-2004 Leicester Tigers
SAMOA NATIONAL TEAM
Freddie played 174 professional games for club and country and scored 174 points.