Playing squad 2010/2011
Sailosi is arguably the most destructive winger currently playing in the English game and has left many an opposing defender in his wake since joining London Irish. His blistering pace and unstoppable power has enabled him to score 37 tries in just 96 appearances for the Exiles; a figure which would surely be much greater had it not been for a persistent foot injury last season.
Prior to that, Sailosi had notched up seven tries in the first nine matches of the season and was looking odds-on favourite to top the Premiership's try scoring table. After months of dedicated rehabilitation, the Samoan is focused on regaining his place on the wing, as he aims to reach 100 appearances for the club and a half century of tries in London Irish green.
Sailosi was introduced to rugby by his father who encouraged him to take up the game at his local club in Auckland at the age of five. It was when he went to Wesley College, the city's famous rugby school attended by Jonah Lomu and Exiles teammate Seilala Mapusua, that his talent began to blossom.
The 27-year-old started out as a back row player until his tremendous pace and skill was spotted and he made the switch to the wing. After College he joined the Taranaki club and came under the guidance of the great All Black, Kieran Crowley. He appeared in every National Provincial Cup match during his first season, scoring six tries and was subsequently invited to join the Waikato Chiefs for whom he played in eight Super 12 games.
His efforts with Waikato brought him to the attention of the Manu Samoa selectors and he was awarded his first cap against Namibia in a pre-Rugby World Cup tour of South Africa in 2003. He shot to prominence in the Northern Hemisphere after a terrific performance against England, characterised by two blistering runs, in the pool stage of the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia. He has nine caps for Samoa and has also represented the Pacific Islands.
The 'Samoan flyer' joined London Irish in October 2005 and quickly established himself in the Premiership, with his speed and beautiful right foot step causing problems for defenders both here and in Europe.
He has been awarded the London Irish Try of the Season award for the last two years and was also crowned Players' Player of the Season at the club's annual awards ceremony in May 2008.
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Sailosi Tagicakibau's Details
|Weight:||100kgs / 15st 10lbs|
|Height:||194cm / 6ft 4ins|
|Date of Birth:||14/11/1982|
|Place of Birth:||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Former Clubs:||, Counties Manukau, Taranaki, Chiefs|
|Representative Honours:||Pacific Islanders, Barbarians|
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|Country||Won: 11 Drawn: - Lost: 10||Samoa|
|Drop Goals||-||International Points||35|
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