Born in Apia, Samoa; Opetera Peleseuma spent two seasons in the New Zealand Secondary Schools team, before turning out at the 2012 World Rugby U20 Championship. Peleseuma cemented his place as a starter in the number 12 jersey all the way through to the Baby Blacks’ second place finish, losing to South Africa in the final. An ITM Cup debut for Wellington came later that year, before a maiden Super Rugby cap for the Hurricanes at just 21-years-old. A stint at Taranaki was followed by a return to New Zealand’s capital, this time shifting to the outside centre, where Opetera’s raw speed was utilized by Wellington once more.
Looking to return to his roots, Peleseuma spent time with the Samoan A squad, before enjoying a full test debut for his homeland in 2016. Never one to shy away from a new challenge, Ope moved to France and signed with the ambitious Fédérale 1 outfit, Strasbourg in 2017. A dominant midfield defender, it came as no surprise that rivals Valence Romans aggressively recruited him, and his five tries in the 2018/19 season was a crucial factor in their promotion to Pro D2. Currently signed with Rouen, Opetera Peleseuma’s balance and intelligent distribution continues to draw the attention of opposition coaches, who are routinely impressed by his destructive displays against their charges.
DOB: 11 February 1992
Current Team: Rouen Normandie
2020 - 2021
Rouen Normandie (Pro D2)
2018 - 2020
Valence Romans (Pro D2, Fédérale 1)
2017 - 2018
Strasbourg (Fédérale 1)
2016 - 2017
Samoa (World Rugby Pacific Challenge)
2013 - 2015
Wellington (ITM Cup), Hurricanes (Super Rugby)