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Player Henry Fa'afili

Full Name
Henry Aau Fa'afili
Date of Birth
May 30, 1980
Birth Location
Moto'otua, Apia, Western Samoa
  1. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
  2. 🇼🇸 Samoa
Height (cm)
181 cm
Weight (kg)
93 kg
  1. Winger
Warrior #
Warriors Debut Date
Mar 26, 2000
Warriors Debut Details
March 26 2000, Round 8 vs Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
Warriors Years Active
  1. 2000
  2. 2001
  3. 2002
  4. 2003
Signed From
Manurewa Marlins
Rep Honours
  1. NZ
  2. Samoa
Rugby League Project


Henry Fa'afili

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Henry Fa'afili (born 30 May 1980) is a Samoan-born New Zealand former professional rugby league and rugby union footballer who played in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. He played representative rugby league (RL) for New Zealand Secondary Schools, the New Zealand Junior Kiwis, New Zealand and Samoa, and at club level for Auckland Warriors and the Warrington Wolves (Heritage No. 1055), as a wing, centre, stand-off, or second-row, he switched codes in 2007, and played representative rugby union (RU) for Samoa, and at club level for Biarritz Olympique, Leeds Carnegie and Connacht Rugby, as a wing, or centre.

As of 2022, he resides in Tauranga as a head coach and head mentor for a boxing academy for underprivileged boys.

Fa'afili was born in Apia, Samoa but migrated to New Zealand with his family when he was 3. He was educated at both Manurewa High School and De La Salle College, Mangere East. He represented both the New Zealand Secondary Schools team and the Junior Kiwis in 1998.

He made his début for the Auckland Warriors in the Australasian National Rugby League in 2000.

Fa'afili signed for the Warrington Wolves in 2004, and made his début on Sunday 8 August 2004, and whilst at the Warrington Wolves he scored many tries from high cross field kicks from Lee Briers. He scored 73 tries in 97 appearances for the Warrington Wolves. He was the top try-scorer in the Super League for the 2007's Super League XII. He left the Warrington Wolves at the end of 2007 season because of salary cap restraints. Fa'afili played his last match for the Warrington Wolves in the 34–26 victory over the Salford City Reds on Friday 14 September 2007.

After scoring 38 tries in 94 games for the Warriors, Fa'afili netted 72 in 92 at the Warrington Wolves and was Super League's top try scorer for the 2007 season, he was signed by Harlequins.

Fa'afili agreed what was initially seen as a short-term deal with French rugby union side Biarritz. He was initially meant to play there short-term but ended up staying longer.

He joined Leeds Carnegie ahead of the 2010–11 English Premiership season but left after one season when the club were relegated.

Henry joined Connacht in the summer of 2011 as part of Head Coach Eric Elwood's squad, joining fellow Samoan Ray Ofisa. He left after one season

Fa'afili has also represented New Zealand in rugby league at international level on several occasions, scoring a hat-trick against Great Britain in 2003 at Ewood Park, Blackburn during the Tri-Nations. His last appearance for New Zealand was against Great Britain in June 2006 at St Helens. He also represented Samoa in the 2000 World Cup. He has also been capped internationally in rugby union for Samoa

In 2023, Fa'afili participated in season 3 of Match Fit, where former rugby players return to play against the Australian counterparts. He joined in the first season that featured former rugby league stars.

He revealed he had undergone double hip replacements, but collapsed after finishing the first Bronco agility test due to breathing difficulties. It was later revealed he was suffering from atrial fibrillation and a precursor to a stroke. He was medically retired from this program and put on a tailor-made program away from the cameras to get himself back in relative health.

During the next 11 weeks, he had psychological counselling, but also done the Tauranga Round the Bays 5km fun run. He even beat Alex Flint, the show's trainer, in terms of heart rate control in the 11-week reassessment. He also managed to half his time on the final Bronco with a time of 6:41, beating Lesley Vanikolo's time of 7:30. On the final episode, however, he revealed that he was declared unfit to play due to risk of cardiac arrest and his lack of full contact training.

Former Western Samoa five-eighth, representing Samoa in the 2000 World Cup, later moved to the wing with the Warriors with good results. Fa’afili first represented NZ in 2001 and although on the wing for the Warriors in the club’s historic quarter final win over Canberra in 2002 but missed the grand final because of injury. The flamboyant winger played in 8 Tests between 2001 and 2003 but injury ruled him out of rep contention in 2004.


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