Ma'afu Fia

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Ma'afu Fia
Full name Ma'afu Fia
Date of birth (1989-11-22) 22 November 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth Tonga
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 116 kg (18 st 4 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Tighthead Prop
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009– Manawatu 61 (10)
correct as of 24 October 2014.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2012– Highlanders 37 (0)
correct as of 21 July 2014.

Ma'afu Fia (born 22 November 1989) is a rugby union prop who currently plays provincial rugby for Manawatu in the ITM Cup and the Highlanders in the Super Rugby competition.

Early life[edit]

Fia was born in Tonga and moved to New Zealand in 2001. He went to school with Aaron Cruden, Andre Taylor and Kurt Baker.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Provincial Rugby[edit]

Fia had a stellar year in 2009 as he broke into the Manawatu provincial squad for the Air New Zealand Cup competition and helped New Zealand to the IRB World Under-20 title. As a result, he was named Manawatu's Outstanding Junior Sportsperson for 2009.[2]

In the 2010 ITM Cup, Fia established himself as a starter at prop for Manawatu, and scored his first provincial try. In the 2011 ITM Cup, he was a key part of a vastly improved Turbos squad, and his consistently strong performances earned him a Super Rugby contract for 2012.

Super Rugby[edit]

Fia signed with the Highlanders for the 2012 Super Rugby season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hepburn, Steve (21 May 2014). "Slow start but Fia finding form now". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Manawatu Turbos | 2011 ITM Cup" (Press release). Manawatu Turbos. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 

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