Sona Taumalolo

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Sona (Arizona) Taumalolo
Alisona Taumalolo 2011.jpg
France vs Tonga during 2011 Rugby World Cup
Birth name Faka'ānaua ki 'Alisona Taumalolo, also known as Arizona Taumalolo, formerly known as Sona Tafuna
Date of birth (1981-11-13) 13 November 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Ha'akame, Tonga[1]
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb; 247 lb)
School Tupou College, Tonga
Notable relative(s) Ben Tameifuna (nephew)
Occupation(s) Professional rugby union player
Rugby union career
Position(s) loosehead prop
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Racing Métro
Correct as of 24 August 2015
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–11 Hawke's Bay 45 (60)
Correct as of 24 August 2015
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–12 Chiefs 52 (75)
Correct as of 24 August 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011– Tonga 20 (20)
Correct as of 9 October 2015

Sona Taumalolo (born 13 November 1981) is a Tongan born New Zealand-based rugby union player[1] who plays for FC Grenoble in the French Top 14. He is also a Tongan international. His position of choice is loose-head prop, and he is known for his aggressive style of play both in ball carrying and tackling.

Early life[edit]

Taumalolo was born in Tonga and attended Tupou College. In 2001, he emigrated to New Zealand. In 2005, he made his debut for Hawke's Bay. He was initially selected for Hawke's Bay from Clive Rugby Football Club.[1]

Rugby career[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

In 2009, Taumalolo made his Super Rugby debut for the Chiefs against the Crusaders.[2]

By Round 16 of the 2012 Super Rugby season Taumalolo had scored eight tries in the competition, twice as many as any other forward.[3] He is sometimes associated with the chant "He scores when he wants!"[4]

At the end of the 2012 season, Taumalolo joined USA Perpignan for the 2012–13 season. He currently plays for FC Grenoble and in February 2016 signed a contract extension taking his time there until June 2017.[5]


On 2 July 2011, Taumalolo made his international debut for Tonga against Fiji in the 2011 IRB Pacific Nations Cup. In the first game of the Rugby World Cup 2011 versus New Zealand, Taumalolo scored his country's only try in a 41–10 loss.[6]

He was a member of the Tongan squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

All Teams[edit]

Relatives & personal life[edit]

Taumalolo is married and has two children.[citation needed] His nephew Ben Tameifuna is also a prop for Chiefs. In July 2012, with hooker Mahonri Schwalger from Samoa, the two props combined for 60 minutes to help the Chiefs beat the Crusaders 20–17, at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Hurndell, Shane (30 July 2005). "There's only one Arizona". Hawkes Bay Today. APN Holdings. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sona-Taumalolo". NZRU. 2011. Archived from the original on 2 June 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Try Scorers – 2012 Vodacom Super Rugby". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Ian (16 April 2012). "Taumalolo plays battering ram in Chiefs win". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Grenoble keep Setephano, Taumalolo". Planet Rugby. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Standley, James. "Rugby World Cup 2011: Tonga 10-41 New Zealand". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Chiefs 20-17 Crusaders". South African Rugby Union. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 

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