- Sep 05, 1992
- Opotiki (New Zealand)
- Back Row
New Zealand-born Teimana's emergence in 2011/12 was one of the big success stories of the season in the Saints back row.
From the same Rotorua Boys School as All Black Liam Messam and England's Dylan Hartley, Teimana was in fact recommended to the Saints skipper by his former headmaster. After a scouting mission during England's RWC campaign, Hartley had no hesitation in seconding the back row battler to the Saints and he crossed the world to join the club on trial.
Tagged a 'mongrel' by a former coach, the 20-year-old displayed his pace, tenacity and breakdown abilities for the Wanderers and was quickly in the first team picture - making his debut in the Premiership win over Wasps.
Frustratingly, a shoulder injury hampered Teimana's progression in 2012/13, though he would make a return to action for the Wanderers and on-loan with Cambridge in NL1 - not before signing terms to join the Saints senior squad for the summer of 2013 that is.
Though Teimana fits the mould of a typical Kiwi openside, the youngster has already sounded his intentions to wear the white of his father's nation, England.