Tautau Moga

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Tautau Moga
Personal information
Born (1993-12-06) 6 December 1993 (age 21)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb)
Playing information
Position Centre, Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012–13 Sydney Roosters 14 7 0 0 28
2014– North Queensland 11 3 0 0 12
Total 25 10 0 0 40
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014 Samoa 1 1 0 0 4
Source: RLP

Tautau Moga (born 6 December 1993, in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian professional rugby league player of Samoan descent who currently plays for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League. Often compared to Sonny Bill Williams and Israel Folau,[1] his choice of position is centre, but he can also play on the wing. Moga is a Samoa national representative.

Early career[edit]

Moga grew up in Ipswich, Queensland and played his junior rugby league for the Springfield Panthers.[2] He attended St Peter Claver College in Ipswich, where he was a stand out player for the school. He was so conscious of potentially embarrassing his opponents he would stand on the wing unless his team was behind. Moga was the recipient of the 2010 Ronald Holmes memorial trophy as the schools Player of the Year. Moga was physically bigger than most schoolboys and was required to wear the interchange forwards jersey at school as the centres jersey did not fit him. His form for St Peter Claver saw him represent the Australian Schoolboys in 2010.

Sydney Roosters[edit]

Moga joined the Roosters system at age 14, when he signed to their junior academy. He took the next step and played for the Roosters SG Ball team before being fast tracked into the Toyota Cup team in 2011. He turned heads in the competition, scoring 18 tries in 13 games. In late 2011, he would have become the youngest Roosters debutant in 73 years if not for a new NRL rule barring players under the age of 18 from playing first grade.[3]

In 2012, he joined the Roosters first grade squad and started the season playing in the Toyota Cup and for the Newtown Jets in the NSW Cup. He was selected at centre for Queensland in the inaugural State of Origin Under 20's match. He made his first grade debut in the Roosters round 10 loss to the Warriors, where he scored a try.[4]

North Queensland Cowboys[edit]

In June 2014, Moga joined the North Queensland Cowboys mid-season, signing with them until the end of the 2016 season.[5][6]

On 7 October 2014, Moga was selected for the Samoa national rugby league team 24 man squad for the 2014 Four Nations series.[7][8]