Sona Taumalolo

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Sona (Arizona) Taumalolo
Alisona Taumalolo 2011.jpg
France vs Tonga during 2011 Rugby World Cup
Full name Faka'ānaua ki 'Alisona Taumalolo, also known as Arizona Taumalolo, formerly known as Sona Tafuna
Date of birth (1981-11-13) 13 November 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Ha'akame, Tonga[1]
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 112 kg (247 lb)
School Tupou College, Tonga
Notable relative(s) Ben Tameifuna (nephew)
Occupation(s) Professional rugby union player
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position loosehead prop
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2012– Perpignan 48 (20)
correct as of 7 July 2014.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005–11 Hawke's Bay 45 (60)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009–12 Chiefs 52 (75)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2011– Tonga 13 (20)
correct as of 7 July 2014.

Sona Taumalolo (born 13 November 1981) is a Tongan born New Zealand-based rugby union player.[1] He plays internationally for Tonga and for USAP in the Top 14. His position of choice is loose-head prop. He is known for his aggressive style of play both in ball carrying and tackling.

Early life[edit]

Sona Taumalolo was born in Tonga and attended Tupou College. In 2001, he emigrated to New Zealand. In 2005, he made his debut for Hawke's Bay. He was initially selected for Hawke's Bay from Clive Rugby Football Club.[1]

Super Rugby[edit]

In 2009, Taumalolo made his Super Rugby debut for the Chiefs against the Crusaders.[2]

By Round 16 of the 2012 Super Rugby season Taumalolo had scored eight tries in the competition, twice as many as any other forward.[3] He is sometimes associated with the chant "He scores when he wants!"[4]

At the end of the 2012 season, Taumalolo joined USA Perpignan for the 2012–13 season.

International[edit]

On 2 July 2011, Taumalolo made his international debut for Tonga against Fiji in the 2011 IRB Pacific Nations Cup. In the first game of the Rugby World Cup 2011 versus New Zealand, Taumalolo scored his country's only try in a 41–10 loss.[5]

All Teams[edit]

Relatives & personal life[edit]

Taumalolo is married and has two children.[citation needed] His nephew Ben Tameifuna is also a prop for Chiefs. In July 2012, with hooker Mahonri Schwalger from Samoa, the two props combined for 60 minutes to help the Chiefs beat the Crusaders 20–17, at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hurndell, Shane (30 July 2005). "There's only one Arizona". Hawkes Bay Today. APN Holdings. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sona-Taumalolo". NZRU. 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Try Scorers". SARU. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Ian (16 April 2012). "Taumalolo plays battering ram in Chiefs win". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Standley, James. "Rugby World Cup 2011: Tonga 10-41 New Zealand". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Match Breakdown: Chiefs vs Crusaders". SA Rugby. SARU. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 

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