Andrew Mataininotu Vanslyke Durutalo was born on 25 October 1987 in New York City to Fijian parents. They were studying in the United States of America when he was born and later returned to their home country to concentrate on their academic occupations at the University of the South Pacific. The Big Apple native has shown that he has both brains and brawn having captained the Islanders’ Under-19 side; most notably to a victory over his birth nation, played for the Under-21s and graduated from the Hakuoh University in Japan with a degree in Business Administration.
Now after playing a role in the successes of the USA Sevens side the prop will be heading to his first Rugby World Cup. Durutalo and his fellow Americans find themselves in Pool B alongside two time champions South Africa, Samoa, Scotland Japan. They will be seen as the whipping boys in this particular group by many however they do have some notable players, including the Suva Grammar School alum, that will give them a fighting chance.
The 27 year old has shown that he has a powerful running game, speed and can score tries. Since making his Test debut in 2012 against neighbors Canada the prop has recorded fifteen points in his seven appearances for the Eagles, scoring in match ups against Tonga and Japan this year. Heading to England in under a month’s time Drew, as his teammates call him, will be hoping to play a role in bettering his country’s previous performances for the Webb Ellis Cup. Mike Tolkin’s boys will open their tournament against Samoa on 20 September 2015.