|Full name||Antonio Emil Tuimavave|
April 24, 1969 |
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (14 st 13 lb)|
Antonio (Tony) Emil Tuimavave is a former professional rugby league player who is the current head coach of the Ponsonby Ponies. He played mainly at prop or at lock forward. He was nicknamed The Chief because he is a chief back in his native Samoa.
Until the formation of the Auckland Warriors, Tony remained largely unheard off outside of the Auckland Scene. He played for the Mt Albert Lions and Northcote Tigers in the Auckland Rugby League competition. He was an Auckland rep from 1988 to 1994 playing over 30 matches for the province. In 1994 he played for the Waitakere City Raiders in the Lion Red Cup and captained the Western Samoa tour of New Zealand.
He was in the inaugural Warriors side in 1995 and remained a fixture in the squad until his retirement in 2000. He was the last of the inaugural team to leave the club.
After his retirement from rugby league he flirted with becoming a professional boxer, winning his only professional fight in 2001. He returned to play for the Mt Albert Lions in the Bartercard Cup in 2004.
The Tuimavave family has a large presence in Auckland rugby league. He is Uncle to current players Evarn Tuimavave (Newcastle Knights), Carlos Tuimavave (Warriors) and Antonio Winterstein (Cowboys) Chanel Tuimavave played alongside Tony for the Mt Albert Lions in the Bartercard Cup, Paddy Tuimavave played for the New Zealand Kiwis and Western Samoa and Paki Tuimavave also represented Western Samoa.
- TUIMAVAVE, ANTHONO EMIL (TONY) 1995 - KIWI #663 nzleague.co.nz
- Chief back to his roots 12 March 2007
- Richard Becht. A New Breed Rising: The Warriors Winfield Cup Challenge. Auckland, HarperCollins, 1994. ISBN 1-86950-154-3 p.78.
- Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1994, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1994. p.50
- Morgan, Scott (12 February 2010). "Ponies rein in co-coaches for the long haul". Auckland City Harbour News. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
- Business of the Week: Apia Jet Ski, Scooter and Car Rentals 26 March 2007
- Tuimavave signs to stay a Warrior until 2009 June 18, 2006