Player Details

Position Midfield Back
Born 25/05/1993
Height 1.85m
Weight 96kg
Club Southern
Province Otago
Provincial Caps 36
Provincial Points 30 (6t)
Provincial Debut 2013 v Tasman
Super Rugby Caps 6
Super Rugby Points 5 (1t)
Super Rugby Debut 2016 v Blues


Originally hailing from Taranaki, Tei Walden has worked his way through the Otago Academy and age group sides to join the Highlanders' Wider Training Group for the second season. A strong running midfielder, Walden was selected for the New Zealand U20 team that played in the 2013 Junior World Championship. Tei is a steady mid-fielder who played a couple games for the Highlanders in 2016 and performed solidily during those opportunities. He was a regular starter for Otago in the Mitre Ten Cup and will be hoping to break into the Highlanders playing 23 next season.

What is your first rugby memory? I grew up on the sidelines watching rugby and playing in barefeet 
Best rugby moment to date? Playing in the Junior World Cup in 2013
Who is your favourite rugby player? Beauden Barrett
Favourite singer/band? The Gromz
Favourite food? Mum's lasagne!

If you weren't a rugby player what would you be doing?


Best thing your mother taught you?

Don't sweat the small stuff
Do you have a favourite movie? Chasing Mavericks
What does representing the Highlanders mean to you? It's a huge opportunity to improve my game and learn from some of the best in the game
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