Peter Fatialofa

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Peter Fatialofa
Birth name Peter Momoe Fatialofa
Date of birth (1959-04-26)26 April 1959
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Date of death 6 November 2013(2013-11-06) (aged 54)
Place of death Apia, Samoa
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Weight 115 kg (254 lb)
Notable relative(s) DJ Forbes (nephew)
Occupation(s) Piano and furniture mover
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ponsonby RFC
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Counties Manukau[1]
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1988–96 Samoa 34 (15)
Teams coached
Years Team
1999 (assistant coach)
King Country
East Tamaki RFC

Papali'itele Peter Momoe Fatialofa MNZM (Samoan: Pita Fatialofa) (26 April 1959 – 6 November 2013) was a Samoan rugby player[2] who captained Samoa in their first Rugby World Cup appearance in 1991. He was among the first of the New Zealand-based players to represent Samoa. He was nicknamed Fats.

Early life[edit]

Fatialofa's father is from Lepa Aleipata, Samoa and his mother from Samoa too, but all his life was raised from his mothers side. Fatialofa was born in Auckland, but returned to Samoa when he was still at primary school.[3]


Fatialofa began his senior rugby career in Auckland playing for the Grafton Club as a 19-year-old[3] in the Auckland Senior B competition. He transferred to the Ponsonby club in 1981, winning the Gallaher Shield eight times with that team between 1981 and 1995.[4] He played 72 representative games for Auckland and was part of their Ranfurly Shield reign from 1985 to 1993.

Fatialofa debuted for Samoa against Ireland in a test match on 29 October in their 1988 tour of Wales and Ireland. He first captained Samoa in 1989 and led them at the 1991 Rugby World Cup. They lost to Scotland in the quarter-finals 28–6.

Fatialofa last played for Samoa against Fiji in Suva on 20 July 1996. Fats: Peter Fatialofa and the Manu Samoa Story an autobiography was published and released the same year. He subsequently worked as a director for his family-owned piano and furniture moving business.[5]

In the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours, Fatialofa was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to rugby.[6]

He died 6 November 2013 in Samoa of a heart attack.[7][8]


  1. ^ Peter Momoe Fatialofa at New Zealand Rugby History
  2. ^ "Peter Fatialofa". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Gifford, Phil (10 November 1996). "Fats finds focus for festive final fling". Sunday Star Times. p. 5. 
  4. ^ Logan, Innes (25 August 1996). "Rebel who found a cause". Sunday News. p. 41. 
  5. ^ Fats Enterprises
  6. ^ Queen's Birthday Honours List 1996 Archived 19 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  7. ^ Samoan rugby great Peter Fatialofa dies. 3 News NZ. 6 November 2013.
  8. ^ TVNZ: Legend Peter Fatialofa dies aged 54