Emosi Koloto

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Emosi Koloto
Personal information
Full name Emosi Tangitangi-'ae'valu Koloto
Born (1965-01-23) 23 January 1965 (age 52)
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Playing information
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 103 kg (16 st 3 lb)
Rugby league
Position Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–1991 Widnes Vikings 7 0 0 35
Wainuiomata Lions
Total 0 7 0 0 35
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–19?? Wellington
1991 New Zealand 5 0 0 0 0
Rugby union
Position Flanker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1987–1989 Wellington
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1986 Tonga 1 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP & Scrum.com

Emosi 'Moose' Koloto is a New Zealand former rugby league and rugby union footballer. He represented the New Zealand Kiwis 5 times during 1991. Koloto played his rugby league as a Second-row forward.

Early years[edit]

Koloto grew up in Manawatu and attended Palmerston North Boys' High School.

Koloto now lives in Auckland New Zealand.

Rugby Union[edit]

After representing Manawatu in 1986, Koloto moved to Wellington for the 1987 season, scoring two tries on his debut.[1]

In 1986 he was good enough to be selected to represent Tonga in rugby union.

Rugby League[edit]

Koloto then switched codes to rugby league, signing with the Doug Laughton-coached Widnes Vikings. Laughton spotted Koloto when he played for Wellington against Wales in 1988.[2]

Emosi Koloto played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12, in Widnes' 24-18 victory over Salford in the 1990 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1990–91 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 29 September 1990.

Emosi Koloto played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12, (replaced by Interchange/Substitute Paul Hulme) in Widnes' 6-12 defeat by Wigan in the 1988–89 John Player Special Trophy Final during the 1988–89 season at Burnden Park, Bolton on Saturday 7 January 1989.[3]

In 1991 he made the New Zealand Kiwis, playing in five tests including the three test series against Australia where he started in the second row in all three tests. He agreed to terms with Manly for 1991 but was drafted by North Sydney, and, like Terry Hill but in contrast to Ron Gibbs, his appeal was turned down on 26 April 1991 and Koloto refused to play in Sydney.[4]

Return to New Zealand[edit]

After returning to New Zealand Koloto coached the Papatoetoe Rugby club.[5]

He is now a lawyer in Manukau City.[6]

His nephew Fred Koloto is an Offensive Tackle at San Jose State.[7]


  1. ^ Dane Coles profile Hurricanes.co.nz
  2. ^ Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
  3. ^ "7th January 1989: Wigan 12 Widnes 6 (John Player Trophy Final)". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Middleton, David; Rugby League 1991-92; p. 15 ISBN 978-0-949853-49-3
  5. ^ Koloto and Otai - legends from the 1980s Varsity Rugby, 25 March 2007
  6. ^ Collins, Simon (10 February 2009). "Law centres face cutbacks as financial help dries up". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Fred Koloto San Jose State Football, Accessed 3 August 2009