Angus Wilkie Faiumiolemau Ta'avao is a New Zealand-born rugby union player, currently playing as a Prop for the Chiefs in Super Rugby and Auckland in the Mitre 10 Cup. Ta'avao was called into New Zealand's international team, the All Blacks, as injury cover in 2018 and has played 14 tests since his international debut. Ta'avao was a member of New Zealand's squad in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Angus Ta'avao
Full nameAngus Wilkie Faiumiolemau Ta'avao
Date of birth (1990-03-22) 22 March 1990 (age 29)
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
Height194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight124 kg (273 lb; 19 st 7 lb)
SchoolDilworth School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Current team Auckland, Chiefs
All Black No. 1175
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–2013,2019 Auckland 38 (10)
2012–2015 Blues 49 (10)
2014–2018 Taranaki 34 (5)
2016–2017 Waratahs 22 (15)
2016–2017 Northern Suburbs 10 (10)
2016 Sydney Rays 5 (0)
2018– Chiefs 32 (15)
Correct as of 27 July 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010 New Zealand U20 4 (0)
2014 Barbarian F.C. 2 (0)
2018– New Zealand 14 (5)
Correct as of 1 November 2019

Ta'avao has previously represented the Blues and Taranaki in New Zealand, as well as Northern Suburbs, Sydney and the Waratahs in Australia.

Early LifeEdit

Although born in New Zealand, Ta'avao would also have been eligible to play international rugby for Australia through his mother, or for Samoa through his father.

Ta'avao was schooled at Dilworth School in Auckland, New Zealand.[1]

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Ta'avao was selected for the New Zealand U20 side for the 2010 tournament in Argentina, where he captained the side in his first match. He made his Auckland debut in the same year.[2]

Ta'avao was a member of the Blues wider training group in 2011. He was a member of the full Blues squad from the 2012 until the 2015.

2016–2018Edit

Ta'avao signed a two-year contract for the Waratahs and Sydney Rays for 2016 through 2017. Ta'avao signed for the Chiefs for the 2018 Super Rugby season and became a regular starter for them early in the season, with established All Blacks Nepo Laulala and Atunaisa Moli ruled out with serious injuries. Ta'avao was one of the best-performing players in the Chiefs during 2018 and was called into the All Blacks, as injury cover for Crusaders prop, Joe Moody.

Ta'avao made his international debut for New Zealand on 29 September 2018, during the fifth round of the 2018 Rugby Championship, against Argentina's Los Pumas, at Buenos Aires. Ta'avao replaced Blues prop, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, off the bench in the 51st minute and had a good impact off the bench, contributing towards a highly dominant scrum. The All Blacks beat Los Pumas 35-17, winning the Rugby Championship in the process. Ta'avao then made two more appearances for New Zealand on their end-of-season tour, including a start in a 69–31 win over Japan.[3]

2019Edit

With Tim Perry not considered for selection due to injury, Ta'avao was named in New Zealand's squad for the 2019 Rugby Championship. After a start against Argentina and appearing as a substitute against South Africa, as well as the record 26-47 defeat to Australia, Ta'avao established himself as a regular replacement off the bench for New Zealand, alongside Auckland teammate, Ofa Tu'ungafasi.

On 28 August, All Blacks Head Coach, Steve Hansen named Ta'avao as one of 31 players in New Zealand's squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[4] With 108-test veteran, Owen Franks missing out on the squad entirely, Ta'avao's selection received widespread news coverage.[5] Franks claimed that Ta'avao, as well as Nepo Laulala, "deserve their places in the World Cup squad".[6]

Ta'avao played in all of New Zealand's tests during the competition, starting in a 63-0 victory over Canada, also scoring his first try for New Zealand in a 71-9 win over Namibia.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dilworth School seeks benefactor to start girls' school". nzherald.co.nz. 27 July 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Steve Hansen's All Blacks second-stringers power past Japan in entertaining tryfest". Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  4. ^ "All Blacks squad named for Rugby World Cup 2019". allblacks.com. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  5. ^ "'He's given everything' - teammates feeling for Owen Franks after World Cup omission". TVNZ. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Owen Franks hits back at critics following omission from Rugby World Cup squad". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 8 November 2019.