David Tameilau

David Tameilau
Date of birth (1990-01-22) January 22, 1990
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 270 lb (122 kg)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Loose forward
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Life West
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
San Francisco Rush
Newcastle Falcons
correct as of April 1, 2016.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2016– United States 2 (0)
correct as of 21 February 2016.

David Tameilau (born January 22, 1990) is an American rugby player who plays as a loose forward for the San Francisco Rush and for the United States national rugby union team. In early 2016 Tameilau was predicted to be the breakout player of the year for the U.S.[1] Tameilau debuted for the U.S. national team in the 2016 Americas Rugby Championship.

Tameilau played for U.S. youth teams, and played in the 2007 U19 World Cup and 2008 Junior World Championship.[1] Tameilau attended San Francisco City College, then went on a religious mission, then played American football with the NCAA Division II West Texas A&M Buffaloes.[1]

In 2015 Tameilau decided to again focus on rugby. He played for SFGG in the Pacific Rugby Premiership, and then trained with the Taranaki Rugby Academy.[2] In early 2016, he signed for the San Francisco Rush, North America's first professional rugby competition.

Tameilau is the son of Moses Similai, who played rugby internationally.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 "Eagles Picked To Play Argentina", February 5, 2016.
  2. 20 Domestic Players to Benefit from PRO Rugby, Americas Rugby News, November 12, 2015.
  3. "The Eagle Journey for Pen Green Alum Tameilau", Goff Rugby Report, February 6, 2016.
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