|Full name||Mahonri Schwalger|
15 September 1978 |
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||106 kg (16 st 10 lb)|
|School(s) attended||Waitakere College, Auckland|
|Relatives||John Schwalger (nephew)|
|Current club||Chiefs (Super Rugby)
Counties Manukau (NPC)
* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 11:16, 25 July 2014 (UTC).
Mahonri Schwalger (born 15 September 1978) is a Samoan professional rugby union footballer who plays in New Zealand for the Chiefs in the Super Rugby competition and for Counties Manukau in the National Provincial Championship. He captained the Samoan national team at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Born in Samoa, Schwalger moved to New Zealand in his youth and attended Waitakere College in Auckland. He made his provincial debut in 1999 for Hawke's Bay against Waikato, and went on to play 44 matches for the province. Schwalger moved to Wellington for the 2004 provincial season, and his solid showing for the Lions saw him drafted to the Highlanders for the 2005 Super 12 season. He made 5 appearances for the Highlanders, serving as backup at hooker to All Black Anton Oliver. After two more seasons with Wellington, Schwalger was selected to the Hurricanes for the 2007 Super 14 season. For the Hurricanes, he made 9 appearances including one start. In 2007, Schwalger moved to Europe, signing with the Llanelli Scarlets in the Celtic League. After two seasons with the Scarlets, he signed with the Sale Sharks in the Guinness Premiership. Schwalgar left Sale at the start of the 2010–11 season to return to New Zealand, and signed with Taranaki for the remainder of the 2010 ITM Cup. After a solid performance with Taranaki, Schwalger earned a Super Rugby contract with the Highlanders, where he previously played in 2005. He made 12 appearances including 5 starts over the course of the 2011 season.
Schwalger made his debut for the Samoan national team in 2000 against Wales and developed into a fixture for the side, representing them at the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cups. Noted for his leadership skills, he served as team captain at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. However, he was controversially dropped from the team in 2012 after criticizing team management.
He was also selected for the Pacific Islanders team to tour Europe at the end of 2006.
- "Schwalger signs with Counties-Manukau". allblacks.com. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012.