Wallace Sititi: Son of Former Manu Samoa Captain Named in Scott Robinson’s First All Black’s Squad

Born in Samoa and named after William Wallace of Scotland, Sititi is one of five potential debutants in the Razor's first All Black's squad.

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Image by: Tuilagi William Olo'ipola Leolahi.

25 June 2024, Auckland New Zealand. Son of Samoa and Chiefs loose forward Wallace Sititi has been named in Coach Razor Scott Robinson’s first squad announcement for 2024 to play two tests against England and one against Fiji next month.

Wallace Sititi announced himself with a breakout performance for the Chiefs at the Super Rugby Pacific semifinal, powering the Chiefs to an upset 30-19 win over tthe Hurricanes.

The 21-year-old delivered a man-of-the-match performance against the team his father Lemalu Semo Sititi once played for, with a massive 15 carries for 150 metres, 13 tackles and two interceptions.

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Chiefs No. 8 Wallace Sititi crashes through the Hurricanes’ defence during Saturday’s semifinal. HAGEN HOPKINS / GETTY IMAGES

Sititi is one of five potential debutants in the All Black’s squad – joined by hooker George Bell, prop Pasilio Tosi, halfback Cortez Ratima and centre Billy Proctor.

All Black’s Head Coach Scott Robertson, who played 23 Tests for the All Blacks as a loose forward between 1998 and 2002, has backed young Sititi over Blues forward Hoskins Sotutu who Sir John Kirwan is calling a major omission from the squad.

“As a coaching group, we are excited about the squad we’ve selected. We know it’s a group that can play the style of rugby we want the All Blacks to play in 2024,” said the All Blacks Coach of his first ever named squad.

Robertson congratulated the five uncapped players in his squad. AT 21 years old, Wallace Sititi is the youngest player in the squad.

“It’s a proud moment for them and their families. They’ve earned their places through performance and consistency and it’s an exciting time in their careers. As coaches, we will get them ready so they can take their opportunity when it comes.”

Scott Robinson was appointed Assistant Coach for Canterbury in 2008 before taking over as Head Coach in 2013. He went on to win three Premiership titles between 2013 and 2016, and then guided the Crusaders to six consecutive Super Rugby titles as Head Coach from 2017. Prior, to that he coached New Zealand U20s to a Junior World Championship crown, and most recently he coached the famous Barbarians FC to a win over the All Blacks XV last year.

Wallace is the son of Lemalu Semo Sititi, the legendary former Manu Samoa captain who also played for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby. Lemalu Semo remains the third-most-capped player in Samoa’s history (59 matches), playing at the 1999, 2003 and 2007 World Cups, and captaining them in the latter two.

Semo Sititi, pictured in 2003, is the third-most-capped player for Samoa. UNKNOWN / AFRICA. VISUALS/PHOTOSPORT

Wallace was deputy head boy at De La Salle College and captain of the First XV during his final year there.

In 2022 he captained the Blues U20 side for the Super Rugby U20 tournament in Taupō where he was identified for selection for the New Zealand U20 team. The same year he debuted for North Harbour in NPC.

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Wallace Sititi was named in the Chiefs squad for the 2024 Super Rugby Pacific season and debuted against the Reds in Brisbane. 

Named after William Wallace of Scotland, young Sititi is 1.85 m tall (6 ft 1) and plays at a weight of 113 kg.

Image: THE USO’S IN BLACK by Tuilagi William Olo’ipola Leolahi. “Congratulations to all the USO’s and their families for being selected in this years 2024 All Black Squad. We want to wish you all the best for the season. Ia pouliuli tou tino ma ia malamalama tou ala”

Wallace is the second of Lemalu Semo and Rosalind Sititi’s four children. The family have roots in the villages of Alafua, Lotopa, Safaatoa Lefaga, Tufulele and Poutasi Falealili.

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