Taniela Moa, former player from Tonga, dies at 36

Taniela moa, former player of Tonga, Blues and Pau, among others, died at the age of 36. The former scrum half was at the World Cup New Zealand 2011 and played all the matches, among which the historic triumph against France by 19-14.

The Tonga Rugby Union confirmed the tragic news in a statement: “A rugby stalwart who will now have his name engraved among the ranks of the great legendary. What sad news to receive about the passing of Taniela Moa. We would like to send our love and our condolences to his family through this sad and tragic moment “, they assured.

Moa participated in the 2011 World Cup for Tonga (he was in all four matches) and played 20 caps with his country until 2015. In addition, he played for Auckland in the NPC, as in Bay of Plenty, and also wore the jersey of Blues between 2007 and 2010 and that of the Chiefs in 2011. Finally, between 2011 and 2017, he played in French rugby in Pau.