By Simon Galinier
Published on 16 Sep 22 at 11:45
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In the Tuilagi family, I ask for the son of the famous Henry, the former Samoan international number 8 (10 selections) who passed through Perpignan from 2007 to 2015 and champion of France in 2009. His name is Posolo (18 years old), also evolves in the third row at Usap, has measurements just as incredible as his eldest (1.92 m; 145 kg) and will do his Top 14 debutthis Saturday, September 17 (5 p.m.) during the La Rochelle-Perpignan match.
Present in a largely reorganized Catalan group which moves to the Stade Rochelais, for the 3e day of the Top 14, Posolo Tuilagi should be a substitute against the European champions and thus discover the professional world, 7 years after his illustrious father played his last match with Usap.
From Crabos to the Top 14, in a few months
This beautiful baby, whose weight fluctuates between 145 and 149 kg, depending on the week (and the various specialized sites), has an exceptional size, but also an extraordinary destiny, since he has gone from the Crabos category to the Top 14, after only a handful of games played with the Espoirs usapistes. Moreover, Posolo Tuilagi had scored his first try in this category against Stade Rochelais last season, being decisive when he entered the game. An opponent he will find for his professional debut, this Saturday, September 17. A nice wink of fate.
This new member of the Tuilagi siblings, whose brother Henry junior plays for Cognac/Saint-Jean-d’Angély (Nationale) after a stint at Carcassonne (Pro D2), is destined for a very fine career, both his first appearances with the Hopes of Usap at the end of last season marked the spirits. So much so that the French international U18 is integrated into the preparation of the Catalan professional group this summer and that he takes part in the friendly match against Racing 92 at Aimé-Giral, before probably celebrating his debut in the Top 14, this Saturday at La Rochelle.
“It’s a small nugget, or rather a big nugget…”
The opener of the Espoirs de l’Usap, Alexandre Perez, is also convinced that his teammate of island origins is promised a great and beautiful career at a high level: “Posolo, he’s a guy, you already know that his he doesn’t play dumb, he will go far. He is physically monstrous. But in addition to his size, he also has hands, game, vision. He has everything to succeed. It’s a small nugget, or rather a big nugget (laughs) ”, he confided to Actu Rugby at the end of last season.
The coach of the Espoirs de l’Usap and former second line of the Sang et Or, Guillaume Vilececa, also recognized that Posolo Tuilagi had enormous potential, while however pointing out some shortcomings. “Be careful, his size can also be a weakness. He shouldn’t rest on that. Posolo must continue to gain in dexterity, on the move. Today, it is still a “baby”. In the years to come, he will have to make the effort to reach and settle at the top level”.
When launched at full speed, the nugget Posolo Tuilagi, it moves. Rather judge for yourselves with this video of his “Highlights”. Enough to raise the boiling Catalan public of Aimé-Giral, as his famous father has long made him shudder.
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