- 23 Age
- 106kg Weight
- 178cm Height
Folau Fainga’a’s story is well known at this point. Less than two years ago, the Brumbies Hooker was working as a laborer in Sydney, dreaming of Super Rugby. The Brumbies gave him a shot, and the result has been the unearthing of a star.
Fainga’a wasn’t even in the running for a matchday spot until Josh Mann-Rea went down with an injury but then he was thrust into the starting job and never looked back. Fainga’a’s natural brilliance was known, but his work on his fitness and throwing technique made all the difference and, in his rookie Super Rugby season, Fainga’a got his first Wallabies call up.
Mind you, he had trained with the Wallabies prior to setting foot on a Super Rugby field. Michael Cheika must have seen the same spark the Brumbies did. The rise has been meteoric, and there are still steps to climb for Fainga’a who, as a former concreter, will hope to cement his position in 2019.