Toutai Kefu

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Toutai Kefu
Full name Rodger Siaosi Toutai Kefu
Date of birth (1974-04-08) 8 April 1974 (age 41)
Place of birth Tonga
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight 113 kg (17 st 11 lb)
Notable relative(s) Steve Kefu, Mafileo Kefu (brothers)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Number 8
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–10 Kubota Spears
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996–2004 Queensland Reds 103
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1997–2003 Australia 60 (50)
Coaching career
Years Club / team
Sunshine Coast Stingrays
Tonga Assistant
Kubota Spears
Souths Under 15 Div 3

Toutai Kefu (born 8 April 1974 in Tonga) is a rugby player who won 60 caps playing at number eight for the Australian rugby union side (the Wallabies).


Big, quick and powerfully built, he was a stand out school boy performer before making his international test debut at the age of 23 on 23 August 1997 as a replacement during the 1997 Tri Nations Series match against South Africa. He took over the position of number 8 from fellow Tongan Willie Ofahengaue in 1998 when he gained his first starting appearance with Australia in their record 76-0 win over England. This score remains the biggest losing margin that England has suffered.

He played a vital role in the Australian side that lifted the 1999 Rugby World Cup, scoring against Romania in the opening game. His father was once the heavyweight boxing champion of Tonga.

One of his finest moments came in John Eales' final game for the Wallabies when he scored the try which beat the All Blacks, gave the retiring Skipper a winning record against the New Zealanders and the perfect send off.

During the 2003 Tri Nations Series game against New Zealand, he cracked a shoulder blade.

In 2007 Kefu signed on to play for Kubota Spears in the Top League in Japan.

In 2010 Kefu became head coach of the Sunshine Coast Stingrays, a team in the Queensland Premier League. In 2011, he left the Stingrays temporarily to take up the role of assistant coach of Tonga in preparation for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

In 2015 Kefu became head coach of the Souths Rugby Union Under 15 Div 3 team.

He now lives in Japan and Brisbane. Brisbane with his family.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
New Zealand Isitolo Maka
Tonga National Rugby Union Coach

Succeeded by
Tonga Mana Otai