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 handful of games for the Highlanders since and performed solidly during those opportunities. He should be a regular starter for Taranaki in the Mitre Ten Cup after a fantastic Super Rugby season in 2019 with 10 games under his belt after earning a regular starting spot in the side.
Previous Clubs/Provinces: Otago 2013-17, Taranaki 2018-