Steve Kefu

  • 6Caps
  • 772Wallaby Number
  • 41Age
PositionInside Centre
Date Of Birth15 December 1979
Place Of BirthBrisbane
SchoolBrisbane State High School
Debut ClubSouths (Brisbane)
Other ClubsCastres (FRA), Wasps (ENG)
ProvinceQLD
Other ProvinceBay of Plenty (NZ)
Debut Test Match2001 Wallabies v Wales, Cardiff
Final Test Match2003 Wallabies v New Zealand, 1st Test Sydney

Biography

Steve Kefu was a skilful inside centre with light feet, excellent evasive skills and quick hands whose family had a strong rugby pedigree. His father Fatai was a centre in the Tonga squad who toured Australia in 1973 and beat the Wallabies 16-11 in Brisbane. His elder brother Toutai (Wallaby #741) was the decorated No.8 who played 60 Tests for Australia and won the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Born in Brisbane and educated at Brisbane State High School, Steve achieved something his more famous brother did not - selection for Australian Schools. In 1999, the same year that he played Australian U21s, Kefu made his debut for Queensland against the ACT Brumbies in Canberra. In 2001 he was named in the Wallabies’ Spring Tour squad and earned a Test debut against Wales in Cardiff. Kefu returned to the starting lineup in 2003 following a shoulder reconstruction however he was overlooked for the Rugby World Cup squad. Steve Kefu played six Tests for Australia in a three-year international career.

Highlights

1997
Represented Australian Schools against New Zealand Schools.

1998
Represented Australian U19s

1999
Represented Australian U21s

2000
Selected in the Australia U21s squad.

2001
Kefu won his first Test cap off the bench when he replaced Elton Flatley at inside centre in the 21-13 victory over Wales in Cardiff.

2002
A shoulder reconstruction forced him to miss most of the 2002 season.

2003
Kefu won his first run-on XV cap at inside centre and scored his first Test try in the 45-16 win against Ireland in Perth. He remained at No.12 for the ensuing Tests against Wales, England and South Africa but was a replacement for what turned out to be his final match, against New Zealand in Sydney.
Steve Kefu