Samiu Vahafolau

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Samiu Vahafolau
Samiu Vahafolau 2011.jpg
France vs Tonga at 2011 Rugby World Cup
Full name Samiu Kaufusi Vahafolau
Date of birth (1978-04-24) April 24, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Tonga Ovaka, Tonga
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 111 kilograms (17 st 7 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Number 8
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005–07
2007–11
2011–
Sanyo Wild Knights
Biarritz
Béziers


77
41


(50)
(10)
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Auckland
Otago
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1999
2000–01
2002
2003
Blues
Highlanders
Blues
Highlanders
1
15
4
5
(0)
(15)
(5)
(0)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007–11 Tonga Tonga 14 (10)

Samiu Kaufusi Vahafolau (born 24 April 1978 in Ovaka, Tonga) is rugby union footballer[1] who currently plays for AS Béziers in the French Pro D2 as well as the Tongan national team. His usual position is number eight.

Playing career[edit]

Vahafolau was born in Tonga and immigrated with his family to New Zealand in 1991. He made his Super 12 debut for the Blues in 1999, but never fully settled in that competition, spending 5 years alternating between stints with the Blues and Highlanders.

After a stint in Japan with the Sanyo Wild Knights, Vahafolau moved to France in 2007 to join Biarritz Olympique in the Top 14. He would find a home at Biarritz and play some of the finest rugby of his career, scoring 6 tries in 24 matches for the squad in his first season. He was the starting number 8 for Biarritz through the 2009-10 season before falling down the pecking order in 2010-11.

After 4 seasons with Biarritz, Vahafolau dropped down a league to sign with AS Béziers of the Pro D2 for 2011-12.

International Play[edit]

Vahafolau made his debut for Tonga in the run-up to the 2007 Rugby World Cup but was not selected to the final squad.

After two years away from the national team, he was brought back in 2011 and scored a try on his return against Fiji on 2 July.

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