Otahuhu Rugby Club in south Auckland was the modest venue for the first serious introduction to rugby of London Irish's Samoan international centre. Seilala was 11 years old at the time.
A year later he was in Wesley College, Auckland's well known rugby nursery and training under Amanaki Palavi, a Tongan who was the college's rugby coach at the time. Having arrived at the college as a hooker, within a year Seilala had switched to the backs. Within two years he was in midfield, a position where he has since made a major impact in both southern and northern hemispheres.
In his first year at Wesley College at age 12 he was selected for the Under 14s, a year later it was the Under 15s whose captain was the great Jonah Lomu.
After College he moved south to Dunedin where he joined the Otago Academy. He was selected for the All Blacks Under 19 team that competed in the World Junior Championships in Wales in 1999. A year later he was winning the 2000 Colts Final with New Zealand against South Africa.
Between 2000 and 2006 he played at centre for the Otago NPC team racking up over 70 appearances and scoring 12 tries. He also completed five Super 12/14 seasons with the Highlanders achieving the distinction of recording 50 appearances and scoring 25 points.
Since his arrival at Sunbury in October 2006 he has enhances his reputation as a skilful player with the ability to offload that is second to none and as an effective ball carrier. Add to that a formidable defensive ability that has been seen to such telling effect in the Premiership and Heineken Cup. His performances in the 23 games he played for London Irish in the 2006-07 season earned him the 'Best Newcomer of the Season Award' in the club's annual awards in 2007.
Since then Seilala has gone on to enhance his reputation with a further two seasons of outstanding performances in the Guinness Premiership and Europe. A reflection of the universal high regard in which he is held by his peers was his reciept of the London Irish "Players' Player of the Season Award 2008-09" and the PRA "Players' Player of the Season Award for 2008-09". He has made 72 appearances in all competitions for the Exiles, scoring 15 tries.
On the international scene he has been awarded nine caps by Manu Samoa, including appearing in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He has also represented the Pacific Islands on four occasions.
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|Weight:||102kgs / 16st 1lbs|
|Height:||180cm / 5ft 11ins|
|Date of Birth:||27/02/1980|
|Place of Birth:||Moto'otua, Samoa|
|Former Clubs:||, Kubota Spears, Otago, Highlanders|
|Representative Honours:||Barbarians, New Zealand Colts, New Zealand U19, Pacific Islanders|
|Heroes:||To'o Vaega; Frank Bunce|
|Awards:||London Irish Best Newcomer of the Season 2006-07|
|Favourite Holiday Destination:||France; Rarotonga|
|Currently on your iPOD:||Sean Kingston|
|Favourite Film:||Coming to America|
|Favourite Match:||At home v Wasps - St. Patrick's Party 07|
|Favourite Food:||Taro, Oka (Raw Fish)|
|Seilala's Club Stats:||This Season||Club Total|
|Seilala's Test Stats:||Win Rate||Total|
|Country||Won: 12 Drawn: - Lost: 14||Samoa|
|Drop Goals||-||International Points||5|