Tautau Moga

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Tautau Moga
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Personal information
Born (1993-12-06) 6 December 1993 (age 23)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 103 kg (16 st 3 lb)
Playing information
Position Centre, Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012–13 Sydney Roosters 14 7 0 0 28
2014–16 North Queensland 18 3 0 0 12
2017– Brisbane Broncos 8 1 0 0 4
Total 40 11 0 0 44
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–15 Samoa 3 1 0 0 4
As of 30 March 2017
Source: [1]

Tautau Moga (born 6 December 1993) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League. Moga his choice of position is centre, but he can also play on the wing. Moga is a Samoa international.

Background[edit]

Born in Brisbane, Queensland, Moga is of Samoan descent and also of Papua New Guinean descent. Moga grew up in Ipswich, Queensland and played his junior rugby league for the Springfield Panthers.[2] He attended St Peter Claver College in Ipswich, where he was the recipient of the 2010 Ronald Holmes memorial trophy as the school's Player of the Year. He represented the Australian Schoolboys in 2010.[3]

Moga joined the Sydney Roosters system at age 14. He took the next step and played for the Roosters SG Ball team before being fast tracked into the Toyota Cup team in 2011. Moga turned heads in the competition, scoring 18 tries in 13 games. In late 2011, he would have become the youngest Roosters debutant in 73 years if not for a new NRL rule barring players under the age of 18 from playing first grade.[4]

Playing career[edit]

2012[edit]

Moga joined the Roosters first grade squad and started the season playing in the Toyota Cup and for the Newtown Jets in the NSW Cup. He was selected for Queensland in the inaugural State of Origin Under 20's match at centre in the 18-14 loss against New South Wales at Penrith Stadium.[5][6] In Round, Moga made his first grade NRL debut for the Roosters against the Warriors on the wing, scoring a try in the Roosters 30-26 loss at Mt Smart Stadium.[7] Moga played in 14 matches and scored 7 tries in his debut year in the NRL.

2013[edit]

Moga spent the season on the sidelines after suffering 2 ACL injuries. One of the injuries happened while playing in a comeback match in the NYC.[8]

2014[edit]

On 29 June, Moga joined the North Queensland Cowboys mid-season, signing with them until the end of the 2016 season.[9] In Round 17 of the 2014 NRL season, Moga made his club debut for the North Queensland Cowboys against the St George Illawarra Dragons at centre in the Cowboys 27-24 loss at Jubilee Oval.[10] In Round 21 against the Gold Coast Titans, Moga scored his first try club for the Cowboys in the 28-8 win at 1300SMILES Stadium.[11] Moga finished his first year with the North Queensland Cowboys in the 2014 NRL season with him playing in 11 matches and scoring 3 tries. On 7 October 2014, Moga was selected for the Samoan 24-man squad for the 2014 Four Nations series.[12] On 23 October 2014, Moga alongside Samoa teammates Reni Maitua and Sauaso Sue were fined $10,000 for their involvement in a brawl in at a nightclub at Fortitude Valley.[13] The trio were dropped for 2 matches but later returned to play against New Zealand, Moga making his Samoan international debut on the wing and scoring a try in Samoa's 14-12 loss at Toll Stadium in Whangarei, New Zealand.[14] Moga played in 2 matches in the tournament.

2015[edit]

On 31 January and 1 February, Moga played for the Cowboys in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[15] On 2 May, he played for Samoa in their Polynesian Cup clash with Pacific rivals Tonga, playing at fullback in Samoa's 18-16 loss at Cbus Super Stadium.[16] During the match, he tore his Anterior cruciate ligament, having to undergo a third knee reconstruction, ruling him out for the rest of the year.[17][18] He finished off the 2015 season early, having played in 6 matches for the Cowboys.[19]

2016[edit]

In Round 18 of the 2016 NRL season, Moga made his return from injury against the Canberra Raiders.[20] On the 24th October 2016 Moga signed a two year deal with the Brisbane Broncos.

Statistics[edit]

NRL[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season[21]
Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2012 Sydney Roosters 14 7 0 0 28
2014 North Queensland 11 3 0 0 12
2015 North Queensland 6 0 0 0 0
2016 North Queensland 1 0 0 0 0
Career totals 32 10 0 0 40

International[edit]

Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2014 Samoa 2 1 0 0 4
2015 Samoa 1 0 0 0 0
Career totals 3 1 0 0 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tautau Moga - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Teen hopes to make Schoolboys trip | Queensland Times". Qt.com.au. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  4. ^ "Tautau Moga Ready to Make Up for Lost Time With Leading Role in Roosters Coach Brian Smith's Plans". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  5. ^ "Toyota U/20's Origin squads named". NRL.com. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  6. ^ "NSW Secure an Impressive Victory Over Queensland in the Toyota Under 20s State of Origin Clash". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150208185301/http://tvnz.co.nz/rugby-league-news/happened-warriors-v-roosters-4884366. Archived from the original on 8 February 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Adrian Proszenko. "Moga's comeback cruelled by another ACL rupture". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  9. ^ Adrian Proszenko (2014-06-28). "Sydney Roosters centre Tautau Moga transfers to North Queensland Cowboys". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  10. ^ "Dragons Have Beaten the Cowboys 27-24". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  11. ^ "JT guides hard-hitting Cowboys past Titans". NRL.com. 2014-08-02. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  12. ^ "Toa Samoa name Four Nations squad". NRL.com. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  13. ^ Reporter, Pa (2014-10-23). "Samoa's Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga and Sauaso Sue fined £5,500 after trio was dropped for Four Nations opener". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  14. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20141217221308/http://www.skysports.com/rugbyleague/match_report/0,,11070_3730177,00.html. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "COWBOYS UNVEIL 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 2015-01-27. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  16. ^ "Sam Kasiano Try Saving Tackle on Jorge Taufua Secures Pacific Test Win for Samoa Against Tonga". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  17. ^ "Cowboys Centre Tautau Moga Suffers Career Threatening Third ACL Tear". Couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  18. ^ "Moga out for the season". NRL.com. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  19. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  20. ^ http://www.nrl.com/updated-team-lists-raiders-v-cowboys/tabid/10874/newsid/99053/default.aspx
  21. ^ "Tautau Moga - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 

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