While not an original Hurricanes selection in 1996, Alex Telea ended up playing in ten of their eleven games in the first Super 12 competition. He proved himself to be a multiple try scorer, having once scored four tries in a match for Wellington and two tries on four occasions for the Hurricanes – against the Reds and the Highlanders in 1997 and the Stormers and the Chiefs in 1998.
Telea also played test rugby for Western Samoa, and was for a time the only New Zealand Super rugby player to have scored a try against the All Blacks when he crossed in a test match in 1996.
At first class level Telea featured on the wing for Wellington between 1993-1996 and played for Southland in 2000. Telea was selected for the New Zealand Colts in 1993 but did not play a match on tour.
The well-travelled Telea also played for Horowhenua-Kapiti and for club sides in France, England, Japan, Hong Kong, China and Sri Lanka
Telea returned home to finish his playing career for Petone, where in 2014, he was the Premier team’s assistant coach.