Matekitonga Moeakiola

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Matekitonga Moeakiola
Matekitonga Moeakiola Churchill Cup 2010 vs Russia.jpg
Birth nameMatekitonga Moeakiola
Date of birth (1978-05-16) May 16, 1978 (age 41)
Place of birthTongatapu, Tonga
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight18 st 13 lb (120 kg, 260 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005-2007 University of Utah
Park City Haggis RFC
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
SC Albi
AC Bobigny 93
OS Union Nivernaise
Castanet Rugby
Correct as of 6 September 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–2015 United States 32 (5)
Correct as of 7 October 2015

Matekitonga Moeakiola (born 16 May 1978) is an American rugby union player who currently plays for Castanet Rugby, and formerly played for the United States national team. Moeakiola plays as a prop.

Moeakiola played for both East Coast Bays RFC and Glenfield RFC in the Harbour club rugby competition. Moeakiola also played for Patumahoe RFC in the Counties Manukau Club rugby competition. Mate never played for Harbour or Counties NPC sides.

Mate was first noticed by the U.S. national team while playing rugby at the University of Utah. He has since played for the North America 4 Tournament, and the U.S. team that played Munster in Chicago.

Mate played at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Moeakiola made his debut at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, scoring a try after coming on as a substitute in the Eagles' opening match against England.[1] Moeakiola played in all four matches at the 2007 RWC and scored a try against England in the USA’s first match of the tournament.

Matekitonga's mother is Latai Langi who is originally from Faleloa, Ha'apai, Tonga. His brother Misi Tonga is his only other sibling that lives in the United States that also plays rugby as well.[citation needed]


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Moeakiola before a match vs Australia in the 2011 Rugby World Cup