Anitelea Tuilagi, often known as Andy Tuilagi, joined the Dragons in December 2011 having recovered from a long lay-off with a broken arm.
Anitelea was born in Apia, Samoa, one of 6 rugby playing Tuilagi brothers. He signed his first professional contract with Leicester Tigers after spending a year in their Academy, following in the footsteps of elder brothers Freddie, Henry and Alesana. He originally signed a 2 year deal with the Tigers but was sent out on loan for the second year to Leeds Carnegie.
By the age of 21 Anitelea had already accumulated nine caps for Samoa.
Tuilagi helped Leeds win promotion to the Premiership in his first season at the club and was rewarded with a full 2 year contract at the beginning of the 2007/2008. Anitelea missed the beginning of Leeds’ Premiership campaign as he was selected for the Samoan 2007 Rugby World Cup squad. His opportunities at Headingley were limited, making just seven starts for Leeds in the Premiership, scoring 1 try.
He left Leeds half way through his contract and signed for Sale Sharks on a 4 year deal in 2008. Anitelea had an injury plagued 3 years with Sale Sharks, including a long lay-off with a broken arm, but still managed 42 games for the Sharks.
Andy played his way back to fitness through the final few games of 2011 and went on to appear 14 times by the end of the season. He scored his first Dragons try in the final pool game of the Amlin Challenge Cup at Rodney Parade against I Cavalieri Prato.
Season P W D L T C P Dg Pts
2011/2012 14 4 1 9 1 0 0 0 5
Matches Played In 2011/2012
|21/01/2012||RC I Cavalieri Prato||CE||1||0||0||0||5|
2012/2013 15 4 0 11 4 0 0 0 20
Matches Played In 2012/2013
Total 29 8 1 20 5 0 0 0 25
- Ross Wardle celebrates with Tuilagi and Jon Evans 1/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Andy Tuilagi is tackled by Keatley and Dineen 2/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tuilagi gets through the Bayonne defence 3/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Andy Tuilagi is tackled by Mike McCarthy 4/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Ospreys Richard Fussell is tackled by Andy Tuilagi 5/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Andy Tuilagi is tackled by Ospreys Joe Bearman 6/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Andy Tuilagi drives into Ospreys Sam Lewis 7/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Andy Tuilagi is tackled by Blues Josh Navidi 8/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Andy Tuilagi is tackled by Blues Dafydd Hewitt 9/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tuilagi scores a try 10/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Dragons Tuilagi hands off Moglianos Andrea Ceccato 11/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tuilagi scores a try for the Dragons 12/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tuilagi is held by Cave and Fitzpatrick of Ulster 13/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tuilagi dives over Rory Best to score a try 14/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- The Dragons congratulate Tuilagi for his try 15/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Cave gets away from Tuilagi 16/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tuilagi is tackled by Mark Chrisholm 17/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Andy Tuilagi is tackled by Boyet and Haare 18/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Andy tangles with Zebres Luciano Orquera 19/20 ©Huw Evans Images
- Andy dives in to score try 20/20 ©Huw Evans Images