A steady improver over three years of Investec Super Rugby, prop Ofa Tuungafasi has been in compelling form in 2016, where he has appeared in every game for the Blues heading into the Steinlager Series.
A defensive rock, who was invited into the All Blacks training camp in June 2015 after appearing as one of the Blues' standout players, Tuungafasi has also represented New Zealand at Under 17 and Under 20 grades and made the New Zealand Secondary Schools team for two seasons, playing alongside eventual All Blacks Lima Sopoaga and TJ Perenara. He made his first-class debut for Auckland in 2012 and now has 38 provincial caps to his credit.
Tuungafasi has been studying social work outside of rugby, with a particular focus on young people.
His father Mofuike played for Tonga at the 1987 RWC and his younger brother Isi is also a talented rugby player, who joined Ofa in the Auckland squad for 2015.
In April 2015, he shaved off his trademark long dreadlocks to raise money for Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland.
v Wales in Dunedin 25 June 2016
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Auckland Age Grades, NZ Schools, NZ Under 17s
RUGBY GROUND: Auckland Grammer School/ Grammer Carlton Number 1
RUGBY PLAYER AND WHY: Keven Mealamu because of his honestly, his leadership, loyalty to Auckland, his country and he is willing to learn and never stop learning
EARLIEST RUGBY MEMORIES: My dad made me and my brothers play 1 on 1 on the front lawn
FOOD: Butter chicken and chicken kebabs
ACTOR/ACTRESS: Rambo and Will Smith
BOOK: The Little Prisoner
SINGER/BAND/MUSIC TYPE: Spawnbreeze and Chris Rene
HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Fiji and Bangkok
NON-RUGBY SPORTS TEAM: NSW
IF I COULD MEET ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY: Rodney So’oialo
I HATE IT WHEN: Im losing
I CANT LIVE WITHOUT: My family, people how help me and my enemies
IF I WASN’T A RUGBY PLAYER I WOULD BE: A PE teacher or builder to support my family