Rugby legend Taniela Moa dies aged 36

Taniela Moa, a former Tonga rugby international, has died at the age of 36. Authorities in Tonga say the death was caused by cancer, although the cause of his illness is not yet known….

Rugby legend Taniela Moa dies aged 36

Taniela Moa, a former Tonga rugby international, has died at the age of 36.

Authorities in Tonga say the death was caused by cancer, although the cause of his illness is not yet known.

The test match referee from 1975-82 was a member of Tonga’s qualifying team that reached the first Rugby World Cup semi-finals in 1987.

He also played for the National Rugby League in the UK for England and Worcester in England.

But Moa, who hailed from Tonga’s largest city Nuku’alofa, represented Australia in a test match in 2002, and represented Tonga once more in 2005.

He went on to play Super 15 rugby for Melbourne Rebels and Wellington Panthers before returning to Tonga as coach of the Tonga Under-19s in 2012-13.

Fellow Tongan international and former Kangaroos player Stacey Jones expressed his sadness at Moa’s death.

“This is a shocking tragic loss to Tonga rugby. A fellow Tongan who was a pioneer in our sport. A true gentleman. My heartfelt condolences to all the people of Tonga,” he said on Twitter.

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