Taniela Moa: Who, Death, Obituary, Cause Of Death

Taniela Moa was a Tongan Rugby union player. He last played for Section Paloise. He started playing for Auckland for two to three years but then moved to play for Bay of Plenty in the 2010 Air NZ cup competition.

His main position was scrum-half but he could also cover the Fly-half position.

Taniela Moa: Who, Death, Obituary, Cause Of Death


Moa was born in Tonga and was educated at Onehunga High School, Southern Cross Campus before finishing his last year at De La Salle College, Mangere East.

He represented the Ikale Tahi at the 2011 RWC.

Moa died at the age of 36 on 16 December 2021

Birth nameUnalotokipulotu Vea Teutau Moa
Date of birth11 March 1985
Place of birthTofoaTonga
Date of death16 December 2021 (aged 36)
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Weight102 kg (225 lb)


Former Blues, Auckland and Tonga halfback Taniela Moa has died, aged 36.

Moa, who was born in Tonga, played 58 games for the province from 2005 and helped the team win two NPC titles.

He also made 27 appearances for the Blues between 2007 and 2010. It’s understood he died suddenly following a medical event on Thursday morning.


Taniela Moa: Who, Death, Obituary, Cause Of Death

Auckland Rugby union paid tribute to Moa on social media on Thursday: “Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Moa family at this time.”

Moa earned 21 caps for Tonga, and played for the team at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. This included starting against the All Blacks in the first game of the tournament at Eden Park in Auckland. He also represented the Chiefs for one season, and played for Bay of Plenty.

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Taniela was a famous Tonga rugby athlete whose sudden sad departure has caused a void in his affiliated team, the sports field, and among all audiences.

He was well cherished for his robust gameplay, personality, generous nature, and skillful attribute.The entire sports team and the supporters have been showing honor and tribute to him after he left the world for better eternal peace.


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