Eddie Aholelei

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Eddie Aholelei
Eddie Aholelei playing for Manly Marlins
Birth name Edmund L.M.T. Aholelei
Date of birth (1981-12-03) 3 December 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 127 kg (20 st 0 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
London Welsh
Timișoara Saracens
45 ()
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2014 Melbourne Rebels ()
Correct as of 16 April 2012
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013– Tonga 9 (5)
Correct as of 25 June 2016

Eddie Aholelei (born 3 December 1981) is a professional rugby union footballer. His regular playing position is prop.

Early career

Aholelei is of Tongan descent. He was born in Auckland, New Zealand but grew up in Tonga most of his life with his parents and 4 brothers and represented Tonga at Under 19 World Cup 2000 in France. Aholelei moved to Sydney, Australia after high school and joined the Manly Marlins rugby club colts in 2001.[1] Twelve seasons later, Aholelei played his 200th grade game for Manly against Parramatta in Round 9 of the 2012 Shute Shield and played 135 games in 1st grade .[2] He also represented the Australian Barbarians twice.

Club career

Aholelei joined the Melbourne Rebels extended playing squad in 2011.[3] In Round 8 2012 he came of the bench against the Brumbies[4] and went on to join the full squad in 2013.[5]

On 14 July 2014, Aholelei made his move to England to join London Welsh who competed in the Aviva Premiership from the 2014-15 season.[6] He appeared 45 times for London Welsh between 2014-2016 in both the Aviva Premiership and RFU championships competition.

In July 2016, he moved to the Romanian SuperLiga champions Timișoara Saracens. He also helped the club to win the Supa liga Champion for the second time in a row.

Charity( Youth in Union)

In 2015 he founded the charity “Youth in Union” (Nonprofit Organisation) to help youth through education and sports in his home country Tonga.


  1. ^ Geddes, Jon (19 May 2011). "Meet the Manly Bruise Brothers". Manly Daily. Archived from the original on 28 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Manly Marlins prop Eddie Aholelei celebrates his 200th grade game for the club". Retrieved 28 Oct 2012.
  3. ^ "Eddie Aholelei Profile". Melbourne Rebels. Archived from the original on 28 October 2012.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Brumbies 37-6 Rebels". South African Rugby Union. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Eddie Aholelei Profile". Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  6. ^ "London Welsh sign Tonga prop forward Eddie Aholelei". BBC Sport. 14 July 2014.

External links

  • Rebels profile
  • itsrugby.co.uk profile

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