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Sililo Victor Martens (born 27 April 1977 in Auckland, New Zealand)[1] is a former Tongan international rugby union player.

Sililo Martens
Birth nameSililo Victor Martens
Date of birth (1977-04-27) 27 April 1977 (age 42)
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight97 kg (15 st 4 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1999-2000
2000-2002
2002-2003
2003-2004
2004-2008
2008-2009
2009-2011
Worcester
Swansea
Bridgend
Celtic Warriors
Sale
Scarlets
Carmarthen Quins
6
47
20
15
66
12
32
(5)
(40)
(5)
(10)
(35)
(0)
(10)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1998-2009
2008
 Tonga
Pacific Islanders
29
3
(15)
(0)

CareerEdit

Martens was born in Auckland, New Zealand to a Tongan mother and Australian father. He spent most of his early childhood in Tonga, but moved back to start his education. His high school years were spent at Onehunga High where he went on to play rugby for Auckland and continued through the grades to reach New Zealand Schools status. In 1999 he played for Tonga in the Rugby World Cup which led to a professional rugby contract with English premiership side Worcester. From 2000 to 2002 he played for Swansea in the Welsh Premiership. 2002 -2003 he joined fellow Welsh team Bridgend. During the 2003/2004 Martens joined the short lived Welsh regional side Celtic Warriors. He played is his second Rugby World Cup in 2003 for Tonga. 2004-2008 moved back to the English Premiership with Sale Sharks who went on to win the Guinness Premiership in 2006, to which Martens contributed 15 appearances.[2] In 2008 he played in the Pacific Islands Team which toured the UK. The 2008/2009 season saw Martens return to Welsh rugby joining the Scarlets.

Martens retired at the early age of 34 to concentrate on various business ventures and currently lives in South Wales with his wife Anna Martens and their 4 children. His previous clubs include Worcester, Swansea, Bridgend, Celtic Warriors, Sale Sharks and the Scarlets.

Martens acted in the Welsh language soap opera Pobl y Cwm and went on to play a small role in the film Invictus along with fellow Tongan Epeli Taione.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sililo Martens player profile ESPN Scrum.com
  2. ^ "Zurich Premiership 2005/06 » Sale Sharks » Season appearances". Rugby.statbunker.com. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Sililo Victor Martens". IMDb. Retrieved 26 August 2017.

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