Sona Taumalolo

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Sona (Arizona) Taumalolo
File:Alisona Taumalolo 2011.jpg
France vs Tonga during 2011 Rugby World Cup
Full name Faka'ānaua ki 'Alisona Taumalolo, also known as Arizona Taumalolo, formerly known as Sona Tafuna
Date of birth (1981-11-13) 13 November 1981 (age 40)
Place of birth Ha'akame, Tonga[1]
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 112 kg (247 lb)
School Tupou College, Tonga
Notable relative(s) Ben Tameifuna (nephew)
Occupation(s) Professional rugby union player
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position loosehead prop
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Racing Métro
correct as of 24 August 2015.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005–11 Hawke's Bay 45 (60)
correct as of 24 August 2015.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008–12 Chiefs 52 (75)
correct as of 24 August 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2011– Tonga 20 (20)
correct as of 9 October 2015.

Sona Taumalolo (born 13 November 1981) is a Tongan born New Zealand-based rugby union player[1] who plays for FC Grenoble in the French Top 14. He is also a Tongan international. His position of choice is loose-head prop, and he is known for his aggressive style of play both in ball carrying and tackling.

Early life

Taumalolo was born in Tonga and attended Tupou College. In 2001, he emigrated to New Zealand. In 2005, he made his debut for Hawke's Bay. He was initially selected for Hawke's Bay from Clive Rugby Football Club.[1]

Rugby career

Domestic competitions

In 2009, Taumalolo made his Super Rugby debut for the Chiefs against the Crusaders.[2]

By Round 16 of the 2012 Super Rugby season Taumalolo had scored eight tries in the competition, twice as many as any other forward.[3] He is sometimes associated with the chant "He scores when he wants!"[4]

At the end of the 2012 season, Taumalolo joined USA Perpignan for the 2012–13 season. He currently plays for FC Grenoble and in February 2016 signed a contract extension taking his time there until June 2017.[5]


On 2 July 2011, Taumalolo made his international debut for Tonga against Fiji in the 2011 IRB Pacific Nations Cup. In the first game of the Rugby World Cup 2011 versus New Zealand, Taumalolo scored his country's only try in a 41–10 loss.[6]

He was a member of the Tongan squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

All Teams

Relatives & personal life

Taumalolo is married and has two children.[citation needed] His nephew Ben Tameifuna is also a prop for Chiefs. In July 2012, with hooker Mahonri Schwalger from Samoa, the two props combined for 60 minutes to help the Chiefs beat the Crusaders 20–17, at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.[7]


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  2. "Sona-Taumalolo". NZRU. 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "SA Rugby Try Scorers – 2012 Vodacom Super Rugby". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Anderson, Ian (16 April 2012). "Taumalolo plays battering ram in Chiefs win". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax. Retrieved 18 April 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Grenoble keep Setephano, Taumalolo". Planet Rugby. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Standley, James. "Rugby World Cup 2011: Tonga 10-41 New Zealand". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "SA Rugby Match Centre – Chiefs 20-17 Crusaders". South African Rugby Union. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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