Taufaʻao Filise

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Taufa'ao Filise
Full name Taufa'ao Filise
Date of birth (1977-05-26) May 26, 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth Malapo, Tonga
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 124 kg (19 st 7 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Cardiff Blues
Bath Rugby
Bay of Plenty
191 (40)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Pacific Islanders

Taufa'ao Filise (born May 26, 1977 in Malapo) is a Tongan rugby union footballer. A powerful prop who has played his club rugby with Bay of Plenty alongside Tonga skipper Aleki Lutui. Filise played for the Ikale Tahi in their 2001 Epson Cup campaign and on the tour to Scotland and Wales later that year. He had his first match for Tonga 9, in 2001. He played the one-off Test against Japan in 2002 and some of the RWC qualifiers. He rejoined the Test side this year for the Pacific Tri-Nations after a long absence and played well enough to earn a spot on the Islanders team along with his front-row team-mates. He grew up in Tonga and went to Tupou College in Nuku’alofa. In 2000, he joined Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, and has since represented the union 29 times and scored two tries. Filise currently plays for the professional Welsh club, the Cardiff Blues in the Celtic League and Heineken Cup.

He has represented the Tonga national team, and was also selected to play for the Pacific Islanders rugby union team in 2004 & 2006. His usual position is prop.

On December 19[year needed] he became the Cardiff Blues most capped player with 183 first class appearances.[1]


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