Taniela Moa Biography – Taniela Moa Wiki
Taniela Moa was a Tongan Rugby union player. He played professional rugby as a Scrum-half and Fly-half with the French rugby union club, Section Paloise, and Tonga national team. In 2011, he represented The Tonga national rugby union team (Ikale Tahi) at the 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC) in New Zealand.
Moa made his debut for Auckland in 2005 and played 58 times for the province, lifting two National Provincial Championship titles and winning the Ranfurly Shield before leaving in 2009. He later moved to play for Bay of Plenty in the 2010 Air NZ cup competition. Taniela joined Section Paloise in 2011 and made 89 appearances with the French club before leaving in 2017. He also played briefly with several clubs including Asasp Arros, Blues, and Chiefs of New Zealand.
He was born in Tofoa, Tonga as Unalotokipulotu Vea Teutau Moa. He attended Onehunga High School, Southern Cross Campus but completed his last year at De La Salle College, Mangere East.
Taniela Moa Age
He was born on March 11, 1985, in Tofoa, Tonga. He died on December 16, 2021, aged 36.
Taniela Moa Wife
He was a married man with children. His wife is unclear.
Taniela Moa Death
He died on December 16, 2021, aged 36. His death was confirmed by the Tonga Rugby Union in a statement via the Union’s official Instagram handle, “A stalwart of Ikale Tahi Tonga rugby who will now have his named etched among the echelons of the legendary greats. Such sad news to receive about the passing of Taniela Moa. We would like to send our love and deepest condolences to his family through this sad and tragic time. May he fly high among God’s army and look over you all. Rest in love Nela”
The Rugby community has paid tribute to the fallen rugby hero, the Samoa national rugby (Manu Samoa) tweeted, ” We are shocked to hear of the sudden passing of our Uso, Taniela Moa. Such a huge loss and gone too soon. Our prayers and thoughts goes to the Ikale Tahi Team, Tongan Rugby and also the Moa family. Rest well Taniela. Alofaaga from Aiga Manu Samoa”
His former Auckland side also said in a tweet, “Auckland Rugby would like to acknowledge the sad passing of Taniela Moa. Taniela had 58 caps in the Blue and White Hoops winning two NPC titles. Taniela also went on to represent Tonga on 20 occasions. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Moa family at this time.”
His close friend and fellow Rugby union player Nili Latu, told Stuff, “I only saw him last week, we were shooting the Moana Pasifika video for the season and having a great laugh. Now, not knowing it was the last time I would see my brother, it is hard news to take in.”
Taniela Moa Cause of Death
His cause of death was not revealed.