Sione Lauaki

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Sione Lauaki
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Birth name Sione Tuitupu Lauaki[1]
Date of birth (1981-06-22)22 June 1981[1]
Place of birth Haʻapai, Tonga[1]
Date of death 12 February 2017(2017-02-12) (aged 35)
Place of death Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)[1]
Weight 115 kg (18.1 st)[1]
School Waitakere College
Kelston Boys' High School
Notable relative(s) Epalahame Lauaki (brother)
Occupation(s) Professional rugby player
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker, Number eight
All Black No. 1055
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)


Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–10 Chiefs 70 (70)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Pacific Islanders
New Zealand

Sione Tuitupu Lauaki (22 June 1981 – 12 February 2017) was a Tongan-born New Zealand rugby union footballer who played for Bayonne. He previously played for the New Zealand national team, the All Blacks. His brother, Epalahame Lauaki, is a 2nd row rugby league footballer previously playing for Hull F.C. in the Super League competition. He died on 12 February 2017.

Early career[edit]

He attended Waitakere College in Auckland where he made the first XV in 1998. He later moved to Kelston Boys High School, where he also played in the first XV. He played his club rugby for Waitemata Rugby Football and Sports Club and was instrumental in their Gallaher Shield win in 2003. He was the fourth All Black to come from the Waitemata club after Adrian Clarke, Ken Carrington and Michael Jones.

Professional career[edit]

Pacific Islanders[edit]

While playing for the combined Pacific Islanders team in 2004 he scored Test match tries against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. He was one of the two Pacific Islanders rugby union team players picked for the All Blacks, the other being winger, Sitiveni Sivivatu.

All Blacks[edit]

He has played loose forward for the All Blacks, with whom he made his debut in 2005 against Fiji. His final match for New Zealand was in 2008 against Samoa. During his time with the All Blacks he was capped 17 times and scored three tries.

Super 14[edit]

In Super Rugby he played for the Chiefs. He racked up 70 caps for the team, having scored 14 tries during his Super Rugby career. Lauaki went on to play for ASM Clermont Auvergne at the start of the 2010-11 Top 14 season. He later moved to Aviron Bayonnais. In February 2012 during routine tests, Lauaki was diagnosed with renal failure and cardiovascular problems. As a result, the club signed him off for the rest of the season.[2]


Lauaki died on 12 February 2017, aged 35, possibly due to heart and kidney problems.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e All Black player profile, Retrieved 31 July 2012
  2. ^ Lauaki suffering heart and kidney problems NZ Herald, 19 February 2012, Retrieved 31 July 2012
  3. ^ "NZ rugby greats heartbroken over death of former All Black flanker Sione Lauaki". 1 NEWS NOW. Retrieved 12 February 2017.