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Warriors Star Profile: Evarn Tuimavave

By By Dale Budge

Published: 2:41PM Wednesday August 25, 2004 Source: ONE Sport

Most Warriors fans will remember Evarn Tuimavave as the guy who scored 'that try' against the Brisbane Broncos early in the 2003 season.

Tuimavave had just broken into first grade when he received and over-the-head spectacular pass from Sione Faumuina as the Warriors put the icing on the cake in an impressive win over the Broncos at ANZ Stadium.

It wasn't long after that when Tuimavave dropped out of the first grade side and spent the next 12 months plugging away in the Bartercard Cup before earning a recall mid-way through this season.

Since winning his spot in the squad back, Tuimavave has produced a number of impressive performances as many of his teammates have let their game's slip.

"Just trying hard to find some form," is what the quiet and likeable 20-year-old puts his recent run down to.

The 108kg prop was once known for his talents with a tennis racket and got his Christian name from the former world number one Ivan Lendall.

Tuimavave played tennis until he was in his early teens, making Auckland representative sides on his way.

But it was rugby league where his future was heading and at 16 he was first spotted by the Warriors and brought into their development squad.

"I got picked up when I was 16 playing in a tournament down the line," Tuimavave told ONE Sport.

He has certainly blossomed into a talented player and someone who may have a big future in the game.

Tuimavave comes from a very talented family know well in rugby league circles.

His uncle Tony was a foundation Warrior and a crowd favourite at Ericsson Stadium so the youngster would have enjoyed plenty of advice though he credits his father as someone who has really influenced his career.

"My Dad. I used to watch him down at Carlaw Park when he was playing Fox Memorial and obviously watching my uncle play I always thought of fulfilling my dreams playing for the Warriors," Tuimavave said.

With big name signings Steve Price and Ruben Wiki headed to Auckland next season Tuimavave will have his work cut out for him trying to earn a spot but it is something that he is looking forward to.

"It is going to be good. It is going to push me even harder for next year and it is going to make me a better player playing alongside guys like that.

"I have got two more years here and I am stoked about that. Hopefully I will play hard and try and get another contract next year."