The New England Free Jacks signed Sef Fa’agase for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old tighthead/loosehead prop (30 in May) is 6’1″ and 256 lbs.
Sef was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and moved with his family to Beaudesert, an hour south of Brisbane, Australia in 1994. He attended and played junior club rugby with Beaudesert Warriors between the ages of 12-15, and then rugby league briefly at Berrinda East State School. He then completed high school at Shailer Park High School.
From 2010-2013 he played rugby with Wests Bulldogs in Queensland Premier Rugby and in 2012 joined the Australia Rugby Union’s National Academy. In 2013 and 2014 he played with the Red A in the Pacific Rugby Cup.
Sef helped the University of Queensland gain the Queensland Premier Rugby Championship in 2014, played in the National Rugby Championship for Brisbane City in 2014-2015, and made 43 Super Rugby appearances with the Queensland Reds between 2015-2018. From 2015-2017 he also played with Queensland Country.
Sef then made a variety of moves. In 2018 he played with Canterbury in the Mitre 10 Cup and in 2019 with Otago. He returned to Super Rugby with the Highlanders in 2019 and the Wellington Lions in 2019-2020. He then departed to play with the Canon Eagles in the 2020 Japan Tip League.
Sef played with the Wallabies XV against the French Barbarians in 2016 and was part of the Australia wider training squad in 2017.
Sef also was selected to the Barbarians in 2017 for a match against the Wallabies, however, an injury during a charity match just ahead of this match, precluded him from playing.