Seilala Mapusua is a 2017 Otago Polytechnic Distinguished Alumni.
Seilala gained a Bachelor of Applied Management (Sport Management) through Capable NZ in 2016.
Seilala is a well-known name in International rugby. He started his provincial play in 2000 – joining the Otago team. His strong performance with them saw him step up to the Highlanders for the 2002 Super 12 season. He continued to play for both teams until 2006.
By the time he left New Zealand, Seilala had played more than 50 games for the Highlanders.
In 2006, Seilala debuted for Manu Samoa. In his time with the team, he’s played in two Rugby World Cups. He’s also played with the Pacific Islanders team, and enjoyed tours of Australasia, the British Isles and Europe.
Seilala has held coaching clinics for children and youth around Samoa, especially in the villages where children cannot afford the travel into town.
Seilala joined the London Irish in 2006 for the Guinness Premiership and was named the team’s top newcomer. In 2009, he was voted the Players’ Player of the Year and the BBC London Rugby Player of the Year.
While in London, Seilala volunteered his time to help children. He helped organise and coach the London Irish Mini Festival, did charity work with special needs children, and was the Backs coach for Weybridge Rugby’s U16 team.
By the time Seilala left London in 2011, he had played 125 games with the side including 91 Premiership matches and 23 Heineken Cup contests.
Seilala then moved to Japan and signed with the Kubota Spears.
Seilala is a founding member of the Pacific Island Rugby Players Association. The group’s aim is to strategically plan for the future of its players.
Seilala is currently the Coaching Development Officer for the Otago Rugby Football Union. He is constantly working with children, adults, professionals and coaches.
Read about the Bachelor of Applied Management at Capable NZ.
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