Former Tonga and Blues star dies aged 36
NEWS: Former Auckland, Blues and Tonga player Taniela Moa has passed away at age of 36 leading to tributes from his former teams.
The news was confirmed by the Tonga Rugby Union on Thursday. The cause of death was not mentioned.
Moa played for Auckland 58 times in the NPC from 2005-09 before moving to the Bay of Plenty.
He made 27 appearances for the Blues between 2007-10 before one more Super Rugby season with the Chiefs in 2011.
The scrumhalf was capped by Tonga against Fiji in 2011 and he played 20 times for his country until 2015.
“A stalwart of Ikale Tahi Tonga rugby who will now have his named etched among the echelons of the legendary greats,” said Tonga Rugby said in a statement.
“Such sad news to receive about the passing of Taniela Moa.
“We would like to send our love and deepest condolences to his family through this sad and tragic time. May he fly high among God’s army and look over you all.”
Auckland Rugby put out a statement wishing the Moa family support at this time.
“Auckland Rugby would like to acknowledge the sad passing of Taniela Moa,” a statement read.
“Taniela had 58 appearances for the blue and white hoops winning two NPC titles with the Union.
“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Moa family at this time.”
Auckland Rugby would like to acknowledge the sad passing of Taniela Moa.
Taniela had 58 caps in the Blue and White Hoops winning two NPC titles. Taniela also went on to represent Tonga on 20 occasions.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Moa family at this time. pic.twitter.com/TeGBgqBCYp
— Auckland Rugby (@AucklandRugby) December 16, 2021