Mike Fuailefau played for Canada’s Under-17 and Under-20 teams before progressing into the senior setup in sevens when the powerful, yet mobile forward travelled to the Gold Coast in 2012 and then to Hong Kong and Japan in 2013. In 2013-14 he represented Canada in Australia, Scotland and England before also being selected for the Commonwealth Games, as he continues to prove his worth to the squad when injuries strike. During the Games in Glasgow, Fuailefau started all six of Canada’s matches. Fuailefau was named to the Tokyo Sevens Dream Team in April. Fuailefau played in all nine legs of the Sevens Series in 2014-15. Fuailefau has family roots in rugby hotbed Samoa, as his father Iosefa played inside centre for the island before meeting Mike’s mother whilst both were doing missionary work and they eventually moved to Canada.
Family: Parents Iosefa and Cindy… Brother Matt… Getting into the sport: Started playing rugby at age 10… Says he could have been a rock star but his dad made him play rugby… Outside Interests: Enjoys spending downtime with family and friends… Odds and Ends: Nicknames include Slither, Babe, Johngo, Phat Paulie… Prepares for games by listening to slow jazz on repeat…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
Men’s Sevens: 2013-14 – 6th place
CWG: 2014 – 9th place
SWC: 2013 – plate winners