Rugby New York will have Samoan international Teofilo ‘Ed’ Fidow back for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 29-year-old wing is 6’2″ and 210 lbs.
Ed started 15 matches for Rugby New York in 2022 and was the league’s try-scoring leader with 12 tries and carried for 1402 meters, which was third in MLR. After the season he played for the Manawatu Turbos in the National Provincial Championship in New Zealand and added another test cap for Samoa against Tonga in the Pacific Nations Cup.
Ed was born in Moto’otua, Samoa. He’s played rugby in Samoa, New Zealand, Australia, France, and England, and comes to the United States in 2022.
Ed played rugby at an early age with Papatoetoe RFC in the Auckland Gallagher Shield and was selected for the Auckland Sevens. He continued with rugby sevens, representing Samoa from 2015-2017 in the World Rugby Sevens Series. He made 46 appearances, scoring 21 tries, before resuming rugby XVs.
In 2017 he moved to Australia, playing with Wests Rugby in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition, as well as for Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championship. Later that year, he signed with the French Top 14 team, Bordeaux Beagles as a medical joker. He would continue to live in France, signing with Frenc Pro D2 club, Provence Rugby for 2018-2019.
In 2018 Ed was selected for the Samoa National XVs team for the Pacific Nations Cup, making his debut against Fiji at Suva on June 9. He played at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, starting all 4 matches. He now has 15 test caps with 13 starts and is a prolific try-scorer with 12 in international tests.
Ed moved to England between 2019-2021, playing for the Worcester Warriors in the English Premiership.
He also has played club rugby in New Zealand with Waitemata Rugby Club.