With Cornwall For Cornwall

Gans Kernow Rag Kernow

Westholme, Alexandra Road,

Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4LY

Tel: 01736 331961 Email: info@cornish-pirates.com

Fa'atiga

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Players & Staff

Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...

Position

Lock

Weight

116kg

Height

6ft 6

D.O.B

1989

Biography

DoB – 17th April 1989
Birthplace – Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand
Height – 6’ 6” (1.98m)
Weight – 18st 3lbs (115.7kg)
Position – Lock
Honours – New Zealand Secondary Schools, Samoa (25 appearances)

It was announced in June 2019 that Fa’atiga was joining the Cornish Pirates, having signed a two-year contract.

Fa’atiga first played rugby at the age of 11 for East Tamaki local club in South Auckland. As for his education that was East Tamaki Primary, Ferguson Intermediate, Otahuhu College and then De La Salle College where he was captain in 2006-07. He also played for New Zealand Secondary Schools in 2007.

After playing for the amateur club Papatoetoe in 2011-12, Fa’atiga has played professional rugby for Munakata Sanix Blues in Japan (2013-17) and was also named in the Japanese Sunwolves squad which made their first appearance Super Rugby appearance in 2016. He played briefly for Saracens in 2017 and then for Auckland ahead of a move to Yorkshire Carnegie in 2018, from where he joined the Cornish Pirates.

Prior to Fa’atiga’s arrival in Cornwall, Director of Rugby Chris Stirling said he was an experienced player whose line-out skills were of a high standard as were his levels of power and physicality. His international debut was for Samoa against Tonga in 2012 but he unluckily missed the 2015 Rugby World Cup because of injury.

Rugby influences of Fa’atiga’s have included the likes of Victor Matfield and Jonah Lomu, and last but not least – as in many rugby families – his mother!

Nationality:

New Zealand

Nicknames:

Tiga

Previous Clubs:

Yorkshire Carnegie

Rugby Idol?

Victor Matfield, Jerry Collins

What item can you not travel without when on an away trip?

Headphones

If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?

NBA Finals

What training drill do you dread the most?

Don't mind any drills

If you could be any other team mate for a week who would it be and why?

I'll be myself thanks LOL

Tell us something that the supporters may not already know about you?

I have a shar-pei named Honey

Where is your favourite place in cornwall?

Kynance Cove

If you were not working in high performance sport what job/career would you like to do?

Video Game Designer

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