|Birth name||Anthony Tuitavake|
|Date of birth||12 February 1982|
|Place of birth||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||94 kg (207 lb)|
|School||Massey High School|
|Notable relative(s)||Nafi Tuitavake, Brother|
|Rugby union career|
Anthony Tuitavake (born 12 February 1982 in Auckland) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays as a centre or on the wing. Tuitavake, of Tongan descent, is a fast attacking centre.
Auckland is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. Auckland is the largest urban area in the country, with an urban population of around 1,628,900. It is located in the Auckland Region—the area governed by Auckland Council—which includes outlying rural areas and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,695,900. A diverse and multicultural city, Auckland is home to the largest Polynesian population in the world. The Māori-language name for Auckland is Tāmaki or Tāmaki-makau-rau, meaning "Tāmaki with a hundred lovers", in reference to the desirability of its fertile land at the hub of waterways in all directions.
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He had a great season in 2005 for both the Highlanders (Super 12) and North Harbour (National Provincial Championship),before being signed by the Blues in 2006, with whom he remained until 2009.
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He played for the world champion New Zealand Under 19 side in 2001 and for the New Zealand Under 21 team in 2002. Tuitavake is also a former New Zealand Sevens representative, winning a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2002 in Manchester and then a world title the following year. Tuitavake was named in the 2008 All Blacks squad; making him All Black number 1072. He made his All Black debut, starting in the 14 jersey, on 7 June against Ireland.
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In 2009, Tuitavake signed a two-year deal with Japanese club NEC Green Rockets, with whom he debuted in the 2010-11 season.In 2013, Tuitavake signed up with top French club Montpellier for the 2013–14 season. In the summer of 2016, he joined the Top 14 side Racing 92.
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