Lome Fa'atau

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Lome Fa'atau
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Full name Lome Fa'atau
Date of birth (1975-10-23) 23 October 1975 (age 38)
Place of birth Wellington, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 14 st 7 lb (92 kg)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing, Fullback
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)

2007-2009
2009-2010
2010-2011
2012-
Marist St Pats
Glasgow
Nice
Crociati
Westoe

29
9
13
16

(50)
(20)
(25)
(40)
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1999
2000
2001-2006
Wellington
Taranaki
Wellington
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2002–2003
2004
2005-2007
Hurricanes
Chiefs
Hurricanes
15
12
29
(30)
(25)
(80)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2000-2007
2004-2006
Samoa
Pacific Islanders
35
5
(70)
(5)

Lome Fa'atau (born 23 October 1975 in Wellington, New Zealand) is a rugby union player. He currently plays for the Rugby Nice Côte d'Azur in the French Fédérale 1. The speedy winger is recognisable by his traditional Samoan tattoo (pe'a). Before his rugby career took off, he attended St Patricks College in Wellington, where he was a star basketball player for his college team. It was not until he left college did he begin playing rugby union for the local club Marist St.Pat's, where he made his debut in the third grade division at fullback.

He made his provincial debut in the 1999 season of the National Provincial Championship in New Zealand, playing for Wellington. The next year he joined Taranaki and became the leading try scorer for the province that season. The following year he returned to his old province in Wellington. In 2002 he played for the Hurricanes in the international Super 12 competition. Two years later he joined the Chiefs before returning to the Hurricanes.

He made his debut for Manu Samoa in 2002. Fa'atau played on the wing in all matches for Samoa in the 2003 World Cup in Australia, except for the match against Georgia, Fa'atau scored one try during the World Cup. Fa'atau describes his best rugby memory as making the Manu Samoa team.

The Hurricanes made it to the 2006 Super 14 final, where they went down to the Crusaders in bizarre weather. Although not finishing as champions, Fa'atau was not only the top try scorer for the Hurricanes, but the lead try scorer of the season amassing a total a grand total of 10 tries through a combination of graceful, elusive yet blisteringly fast running.

Fa'atau joined Scottish side Glasgow after the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

After an indifferent two seasons with Glasgow he joined Nice who play in Federale 1 in France, and plays with former internationals Dan Luger, Ross Beattie, Kevin Yates and Mark McHugh, and England coach Martin Johnson's brother Will Johnson who used to play for Leicester Tigers.

Lome is also a committed Christian and wears the initial "J" and "C" (for Jesus Christ) on his wristbands every match.

His brother Eneliko (Ene) Fa'atau also plays rugby and is the player/coach for the Irish Lenister league division club Dundalk.

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Lome is currently playing for Team Northumbria in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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