Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Tuimavave is of Samoan descent and played his junior football for the Mount Wellington Warriors while attending St. Patricks School and Sacred Heart College, both in east Auckland.
- Carlos Tuimavave
- CT, Tui
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth:
- Auckland, New Zealand
- 94 kg
- New Zealand
- Current Status:
- Playing for Hull KR in the super League
- Warriors #:
- Warriors Debut (Date and Match Details):
- August 5, 2012 (Vrs Cronulla Sharks)
- Junior Club:
- Mt. Wellington Warriors
- Signed From:
- Junior Warriors
- Five Eighth
- Wikipedia Page:
Tuimavave is a cousin of former New Zealand Warriors, Newcastle Knights and Hull Kingston Rovers player, Evarn Tuimavave, and nephew of former New Zealand and Samoan internationals, Tony Tuimavave and Paddy Tuimavave.
When he was 16, Tuimavave moved to Sydney, Australia after being signed by the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Becoming homesick, he was offered the chance to join the New Zealand Warriors NYC squad in 2010.
From 2010 to 2012, he played for the Warriors' NYC team, playing in both the Warriors' 2010 and 2011 Grand Final victories. Tuimavave was named the Man of the Match in the 2010 Grand Final and also won the Warriors' Young NYC Player of the Year award.
In October 2010, he played for the Junior Kiwis against the Junior Kangaroos. On 30 August 2011, he was named at five-eighth in the 2011 NYC Team of the Year. On 16 October 2011, he captained the Junior Kiwis. In 2012, he became the club's sixth player to appear in 50 NYC matches.
In Round 22 of the 2012 NRL season, Tuimavave made his NRL debut for the Warriors against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, becoming the 177th player to play for the Warriors. He was named at five-eighth in the 2012 NYC Team of the Year. On 13 October 2012, he played for the Junior Kiwis against the Junior Kangaroos for the third time.
In 2013, Tuimavave elected to play for Samoa at senior level and made his international debut in their Pacific Rugby League International clash against Tonga in Penrith.
In May 2014, Tuimavave played for Samoa in the 2014 Pacific Rugby League International. He scored a try in Samoa's 32-16 test-match win. In June 2014, he signed a 2-year contract with the Newcastle Knights starting in 2015. On 8 September 2014, he was named in the Samoa train-on squad for the 2014 Four Nations, but didn't make the final 24-man squad.
On 2 May, Tuimavave played for Samoa against Tonga in the 2015 Polynesian Cup. In Round 12 of the 2015 NRL season, he made his Knights debut against his former club, the New Zealand Warriors. On 25 July, it was confirmed that Tuimavave would be heading off to play in England next season for Super League side Hull F.C. On 27 September, he played in the Knights' 2015 New South Wales Cup Grand Final win over the Wyong Roos.
- 2010 Junior Warriors
- 2010 Toyota Cup Grand Final Champions
- 2010 Grand Final Man of the Match
- 2010 Warriors Young NYC Player of the Year
- 2010 Junior Kiwi's
- 2011 Toyota Cup Grand Final
- 2011 National Youth Competition Team of the Year
- 2012 New Zealand Warriors NRL debut
- 2013 TOA Samoa
- 2014 Newcastle Knights
- 2015 New South Wales Cup Grand Final Champions with Wyong Roos
- 2016 Hull FC