Sam Moa

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Sam Moa
Sam Moa Catalans.jpg
Personal information
Full nameSamuela Moa
Born (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 33)
Tonga
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight16 st 7 lb (105 kg)
Playing information
PositionProp
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008 Cronulla Sharks 1 0 0 0 0
2009–12 Hull F.C. 78 7 0 0 28
2013–16 Sydney Roosters 98 9 0 0 36
2017– Catalans Dragons 80 8 0 0 32
Total 257 24 0 0 96
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–17 Tonga 10 0 0 0 0
2013–16 New Zealand 9 2 0 0 8
As of 2 July 2019
Source: [1][2]

Samuela "Sam" Moa (born 14 August 1986) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a prop for the Catalans Dragons in the Super League. He is both Tonga and New Zealand international.

Moa has previously played for the Cronulla Sharks and the Sydney Roosters, with whom he won the 2013 Telstra Premiership in the NRL, and Hull F.C. in the Super League.

Background[edit]

Moa was born in Tonga and raised in New Zealand.

Playing career[edit]

Wests Tigers[edit]

Moa started his career at NRL side Wests Tigers.

Cronulla Sharks[edit]

He then signed with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in 2008 and playing in one National Rugby League match.

Hull FC[edit]

He was signed by Hull F.C. in January 2009 and arrived a week before the club's fixture with Huddersfield Giants which he featured off the bench in his debut. Moa is good friends with former Hull F.C. and Tonga teammate Willie Manu and former Hull F.C. and Tonga teammate Epalahame Lauaki (now at Bradford Bulls). The trio were commonly known by the Hull fans as 'The Tongan Mafia'.[citation needed]

Sam Moa with a dominant run in the Roosters victory against Warriors 2014

Sydney Roosters[edit]

Sam signed for the Sydney Roosters for the 2013 NRL season, winning the premiership with them at the end of the season. Many observed that Moa's performance in the grand final was particularly memorable, flattening Manly's Glenn Stewart with an aggressive kick-off return in the 1st minute. Controversially, Moa was not the Churchill Medallist with this being awarded to the Sea Eagles' half-back Daly Cherry-Evans.

Catalans Dragons[edit]

Moa joined the French side ahead of the 2017 Super League season.

Moa playing for Tonga

Representative career[edit]

Tonga[edit]

Moa first played for Tonga in 2006 as part of the 2008 World Cup qualifying series.

Moa was subsequently picked in the 2008 World Cup squad and went on to feature in all three of Tonga's matches at the tournament.

New Zealand[edit]

He declared himself eligible for selection for New Zealand at the next world cup citing his desire to be part of a world cup winning squad. Despite playing for Tonga against Samoa in the Pacific Rugby League International in April 2013, he played for New Zealand in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ loverugbyleague
  2. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Rugby League World Cup 2013: NZ star Williams opts out". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 8 October 2013.

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