Ukuma Taʻai

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Ukuma Ta'ai
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Personal information
Born (1987-01-17) 17 January 1987 (age 31)
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight 105 kg (16 st 7 lb)[2]
Playing information
Position Second-row, Loose forward, Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–12 New Zealand Warriors 52 7 0 0 28
2013– Huddersfield Giants 146 42 0 0 168
Total 198 49 0 0 196
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–15 Tonga 8 2 0 0 8
As of 18 May 2018
Source: [3][4][5]

Ukuma Ta'ai (born 17 January 1987) is a Tongan professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Huddersfield Giants in the Super League. He plays as a second-row, loose forward or prop.

Early years[edit]

Ta'ai playing for the Auckland Vulcans

Ta'ai was educated at Tonga College and originally played rugby union.

When he moved to Auckland, New Zealand, Ta'ai played for the University club and made the Auckland Rugby Union second XV.[6]

The following year, at the suggestion of a friend, he switched codes and joined the Mt Albert Rugby League Club and played in the Auckland Rugby League competition.[6] In 2008 he played for the Auckland Vulcans in the NSW Cup.

Ta'ai played rugby union on Fridays for Tonga College and played rugby league on Saturdays for his home village club, the Fuekafa of Te'ekiu.


Ta'ai was signed by the New Zealand Warriors in 2009 and made his début in a trial game against the North Queensland Cowboys.[7] He made his first grade début in Round Two 2009 against the Manly Sea Eagles.[8] Ta'ai scored the Warriors first try against Penrith on 17 April after pouncing on a loose pass and crossing under the sticks.

He re-signed with the Warriors for the 2012 season but was told he would be released by the club at the end of the year.[9][10]

Huddersfield Giants[edit]

On 12 September 2012 Ta'ai signed with Huddersfield Giants until 2015. His transfer was held up by red tape, until in January 2013 he was granted a British work permit.[11] He scored his first try against Hull F.C. on 7 July 2013.

Representative career[edit]

In 2006 Ta'ai played for Tonga in the Pacific Cup, picked from Tonga College's Under 19 rugby union team at the age of 19.[12] The Tongan team won the tournament.

He played for Tonga in the 2009 Pacific Cup.[6]

At the conclusion of the 2015 season, Ta'ai played for Tonga in their Asia-Pacific Qualifier match against the Cook Islands for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.


  1. ^ "Giants to Boast Biggest Pack". Huddersfield Giants. Huddersfield Giants. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Huddersfield Giants 1st Team Ukuma Ta'ai". Huddersfield Giants web site. Huddersfield Giants. 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  3. ^ loverugbyleague
  4. ^ RLP
  5. ^ Huddersfield Giants Profile
  6. ^ a b c Lowe, Robert (20 May 2010). "NRL: Try-scorer Ta'ai on a learning curve". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Debut outings for new Warriors". One Sport. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Jones set to take on defending premiers Yahoo!Xtra Sport, 17 March 2009
  9. ^ an one of eight Warriors to extend contracts, 29 May 2011
  10. ^ Ta'ai set to leave Warriors New Zealand Herald, 27 May 2012
  11. ^ "Ta'ai cleared to play for Huddersfield". 3 News NZ. 29 January 2013. 
  12. ^ TNRL Current Players Tongan National Rugby League

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