Lisiate Tafa

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Lisiate Tafa
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Personal information
Full name Lisiate Tafa
Date of birth (1979-10-10) 10 October 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Pangai, Tonga
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 15 st 2 lb (96 kg)
School(s) attended Taufa'ahau Pilolevu College
Club information
Position(s) outside centre
Current club Sedgley Park R.U.F.C.
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
2008 -
Bradford/Bingley RFC
Derby RFC
Hertford RFC
Sedgley Park R.U.F.C.
Representative teams
2003, 2007  Tonga
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only.

Lisiate Tafa (born 10 October 1979 in Ha'apai, Tonga) is an inside/outside center and utility who plays rugby union football for English club Sedgley Park in the National One Division and Tonga. He has played for Sedgley Park[1] in 2008-9, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011-12. He is well known for his speed, tactical play and ability to break tackles.

Tafa originally made a name for himself with Bradford and Bingley RFC, when he made his début in the English game in the 2004–5 season. At that time Bradford and Bingley were in National 3 North. At the end of the season, Tafa moved to Derby RFC for 2005-6, and to Hertford RFC for the 2006-7 season.

He returned to Tonga in February 2007 to play at International level[2] for Tautahi Gold, and Tonga's national team, Ikale Tahi, in the 2007 Pacific Cup[3]

When Tafa returned to Bradford and Bingley's Wagon Lane for the 2007-8 season, his reasons were simple. "I married a local girl, Melissa," said the 27-year-old.[4] The couple met in his first year at Bradford and Bingley in 2004.

Tafa recently played for the Australia XV team alongside fellow Tongan, George Smith, in the Southern Hemisphere Charity Fundraiser[5] against the Pacific Barbarians, held on 6 March 2011.

Honours: Tonga, 3 caps. Tonga A, 15 caps


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