Kuli Faletau

Kuli Faletau (born 30 December 1963) is a Tongan former international rugby union player who played as a lock. He is Tonga's most capped forward.[1]

Kuli Faletau
Date of birth (1963-12-30) 30 December 1963 (age 57)
Place of birthNuku'alofa, Tonga
Height1.97 m (6 ft 5+12 in)
Weight252 lb (114 kg)
ChildrenTaulupe Faletau
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ebbw Vale
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1988–99 Tonga 20 9


Faletau played as a lock, and played in 20 tests for Tonga between 1988 and 1999, scoring 2 tries and 9 points.[2]

He also appeared at the 1999 Rugby World Cup.[3]

Faletau played at club level for Tonmawr, Toa-ko-ma'afu, Ebbw Vale and Pontypool.[4][5]

Personal lifeEdit

He is the father of Welsh international Taulupe Faletau.[1][5] He also has two other sons,[6] and is a lay preacher in Wales.[6]


  1. ^ a b Iwan Davies (20 February 2010). "Faletau starts for Wales Under-20s". South Wales Argus.
  2. ^ "Profile". ESPNscrum.
  3. ^ "Tonga Player Biographies". Sports Illustrated / CNN.
  4. ^ "Profile". Tonmawr RFC. Archived from the original on 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2011-12-03.
  5. ^ a b Robin Davey (16 March 2010). "Faletau set for first start". South Wales Argus.
  6. ^ a b Peter Shuttleworth (1 February 2012). "Six Nations: Family fortune for Faletau favours Wales". BBC Sport.