- DOB23 Aug 1989
Originally brought in as injury cover, fullback Ahsee Tuala first linked up with Northampton Saints in February 2015 from Counties Manukau Steelers.
Samoan-born Tuala made his debut for the Auckland-based side in the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup aged just 20 and made the switch to Northampton after five seasons in New Zealand.
Tuala impressed in a Black, Green and Gold jersey, scoring a try on his debut in the Anglo-Welsh Cup against Wasps, and made the move permanent later that year.
The fullback really broke into the first-team squad during the 2016/17 term – featuring 27 times and scoring the winning try in the European Champions Cup play-off final against Stade Francais and collecting the Saints’ Supporters Breakthrough Player of the Year award for his performances.
A further 27 appearances and seven tries came the following term, before Tuala played his most rugby in a season to date during the 2018/19 season as Saints reached the knock-out stages of every senior competition and lifted the Premiership Rugby Cup along the way.
And Tuala would rack up a century of Saints appearances during the 2019/20 season in his 21 games that term, adding a further 11 to his tally during the 2020/21 season.
Tuala debuted for Samoa in November 2014 against Canada in Vannes, and was one of his country’s top performers in the 2015 Pacific Nations Cup. And Tuala has since represented Samoa more than 20 times, featuring in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.