To’o Vaega

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To'o Vaega
Date of birth (1965-08-17) 17 August 1965 (age 51)
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
Position(s) Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1992-1994 Moata'a ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1995-1997 Southland ()
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1986-2001  Samoa 61 (71)

To'o Vaega (born 17 August 1965 in Moto'otua, Samoa) is a retired professional rugby union footballer, best known for his long career with the Samoan national team.


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.

Vaega starred for Samoa in three World Cups, but is most remembered for scoring a critical try in Samoa's historic 16-13 victory over Wales in Cardiff during the 1991 Rugby World Cup.

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.

Vaega's son Cardiff Vaega, named for the site of Samoa's victory over Wales in 1991,[1] is currently playing for Southland in the ITM Cup competition.


  1. ^ Egan, Brendon (4 March 2011). "Name celebrates Samoa's first World Cup win". The Southland Times. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 

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