Ipolito Fenukitau

Ipolito Fenukitau (born 22 July 1972) is a Tongan rugby union footballer. He has played over 10 times for the Tonga national rugby union team, including representing them at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa and 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia. His usual position is at flanker.

Ipolito Fenukitau
Date of birth (1972-07-22) 22 July 1972 (age 47)
Place of birthTonga
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1993–1996 Queanbeyan Whites ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ricoh Black Rams[1]
Yamaha Jubilo
Kintetsu Liners
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1993–1996 ACT Kookaburras[2] ()
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996–00 Brumbies 55 (60)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1993–2003 Tonga 18 (15)
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
1998 Australia

Fenukitau made his debut for Tonga on 5 June 1993 in a match against a non-cap Scottish XV, in which he featured in the starting lineup. He played in three other matches that year; against Fiji, Australia and again against Fiji. In 1995 he played in two Tests against Japan, and was then included in the 1995 Rugby World Cup squad for South Africa, playing in two games against France and Scotland.

In 1998 he played for the Australian sevens team at the Commonwealth Games.[3][4]

In 2002 he played two Tests for Tonga; against Fiji and Samoa, and the following year he was included in the 2003 Rugby World Cup squad for Australia, playing in all four pool games for Tonga.


  1. ^ moves atop Top League table upsets Kobe 27-21 Japan Times
  2. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales · Page 60, April 5, 1995
  3. ^ ARU Media Unit (24 July 2014). "Australian Rugby Sevens at the Commonwealth Games: The Story So Far". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  4. ^ BBC Sport (31 July 2003). "Tonga granted Fenukitau reprieve". Retrieved 26 March 2015.

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