|Date of birth||17 August 1965|
|Place of birth||Moto'otua, Samoa|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb)|
|Notable relative(s)||Cardiff Vaega (son)|
|Rugby union career|
Vaega made his debut for Samoa against Wales on 14 June 1986, starting one of the longest international careers in modern rugby union history. By the time of his final cap against Ireland on 11 November 2001, he had represented his country 61 times in a 15-year period.
Outside of his duties with the Samoan national team, Vaega enjoyed a long club career in New Zealand, most notably with Southland and the Highlanders in the mid-1990s. He was an original Highlander in the first Super 12 campaign in 1996, and set a franchise record with three tries in a match that year against Western Province, a record he shares to this day.