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Ofa Tuungafasi

Ofa Tuungafasi was one of the busiest front rowers for the All Blacks in 2018, playing 12 of the 14 Tests to date. 
 
He was a strong presence for the Blues in their challenging 2018 Investec Super Rugby season, despite a knee injury keeping him sidelined for a few weeks.
 
A defensive rock and big man, the softly-spoken Tuungafasi made his All Blacks debut in 2016 after establishing himself as one of the Blues’ standout players.
He scored his first Test try against South Africa in 2017 and this year committed long term to New Zealand Rugby, re-signing through to 2021. 
 
As a younger player, Tuungafasi represented New Zealand at age-grade level and made the New Zealand Schools team for two seasons, playing alongside All Blacks teammate TJ Perenara.
 
Tuungafasi studies social work outside of rugby, with a particular focus on young people.
 
Rugby runs in his family - his father Mofuike played for Tonga at the 1987 RWC and his younger brother Isi joined Ofa in the Auckland squad in 2015.

Player
Position:
Prop
Born:
19/04/1992
Physical:
1.95m, 122kg
Test Debut:
v Wales in Dunedin 25 June 2016
Test Points Breakdown:
1t
Test Points:
5
Caps:
28
Provincial Team:
Auckland
Super Rugby Team:
Blues

Career Comments

  • Auckland Age Grades, NZ Schools, NZ Under 17s

    FAVOURITE:
    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
    MOVIE: Hangover
    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

Test Match record

(+) subsitute(-) replaced

2016
25 June v Wales at Dunedin 46-6 (+)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-17 (+)
5 November v Ireland at Chicago 29-40 (+)
12 November v Italy at Rome 68-10 (+)

2017
19 August v Australia at Sydney 54-34 (+)
26 August v Australia at Dunedin 35-29 (+)
9 September v Argentina at New Plymouth 39-22 (+)
16 September v South Africa at Albany 57-0 (+)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-10 (+)
8 October v South Africa 25-24 (+)
21 October v Australia at Brisbane 18-23 (+)
11 November v France at Paris 38-18 (+)
18 November v Scotland 22-17 (+)
25 November v Wales at Cardiff 33-18 (+)

2018
9 Jun v France at Auckland 52-11 (+)
16 Jun v France at Wellington 26-13 (+)
23 Jun v France at Dunedin 49-14 (+)
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 40-12 (+)
8 Sep v Argentina at Nelson 46-24 (+)
15 Sep v South Africa at Wellington 34-36 (+)
30 Sep v Argentina at Buenos Aires 35 - 17 (-)
6 Oct v South Africa at Pretoria 32 - 30 (+)
3 November v Japan at Tokyo 31-69 (-)
10 Nov v England at Twickenham 16 - 15 (+)
17 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 9 - 16 (+)
24 November v Italy at Rome 3-66 (-)

2019
21 July v Argentina at Buenos Aires 20-16
27 Jul v South Africa 16-16 (+)