Tonga Rugby Union announce former international Taniela Moa has died at the age of 36; Tonga rugby union team and Moa’s former clubs pay tribute; Moa made 21 appearances for Tonga and played in all four of the country’s matches at the 2011 World Cup

Last Updated: 16/12/21 7:05am

Taniela Moa made 21 international appearances for Tonga

Former Tonga halfback Taniela Moa has died at the age of 36, the country’s rugby governing body has announced.
The Tonga Rugby Union said in a statement that Moa was one of the all-time greats. It did not mention the cause of death.”A stalwart of Ikale Tahi Tonga rugby who will now have his name etched among the echelons of the legendary greats. Such sad news to receive about the passing of Taniela Moa,” it said.”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.”The Samoa rugby team also paid tribute to Moa following news of his death.”We are shocked to hear of the sudden passing of our Uso, Taniela Moa. Such a huge loss and gone too soon,” they said in a statement. We are saddened to hear of the passing of one of our own, Chief #202 Taniela Moa. We send our condolences to the Moa family, Ikale Tahi, the Blues, and many others in the rugby community ❤️💛🖤#AlwaysAChief— Gallagher Chiefs (@ChiefsRugby) December 16, 2021 Moa was called into the All Blacks squad in 2008 as an injury replacement but didn’t take the field, meaning he remained eligible for Tonga.He went on to earn 21 caps for Tonga after making his debut in 2011 and played in all four games at the Rugby World Cup that year, including the opening match against the All Blacks and the 19-14 upset of eventual run …