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Sione Kalamafoni (born 18 May 1988) is a rugby union footballer who plays at number 8 for Leicester Tigers. Kalamafoni played for Tonga at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.[1]

Sione Kalamafoni
Sione Kalamafoni 2011.jpg
Birth nameSione Maake Kalamafoni
Date of birth (1988-05-18) May 18, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birthMatahau, Tonga
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight121 kg (19 st 1 lb; 267 lb)
SchoolAuckland Grammar School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8/Flanker
Current team Leicester Tigers
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–2012
2012–2017
2017–
Nottingham
Gloucester
Leicester Tigers
42
106
49
(65)
(50)
(35)
Correct as of 19 May 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007− Tonga 33 (10)
Correct as of 11 September 2019

Kalamafoni was born and raised in Tonga, but got a scholarship to go to Auckland Grammar School in New Zealand.[2]

Kalamafoni first signed to Nottingham in the RFU Championship from the 2010/11 season.[3] On 15 March 2012, Kalamafoni would leave Nottingham to sign for Gloucester Rugby in the Aviva Premiership on a two-year contract from 2012/13 season.[4] On 14 November 2013, Kalamafoni signed a two-year contract extension with Gloucester until the end of 2015/16 season.[5]

On 1 June 2017 Leicester Tigers announced that Kalamafoni would be joining them for the 2017-18 season.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Profile". 2011 Rugby World Cup Official Site. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Sione Kalamafoni did NOT rescue 20-odd kids from a burning orphanage... but the real life-story of Leicester's Tongan No 8 needs no embellishment".
  3. ^ "Nottingham sign Tonga International forward Sione Kalamafoni". BBC Sport. 7 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Gloucester sign Tonga International Sione Kalamafoni from Nottingham". BBC Sport. 15 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Kalamafoni contract extension with Gloucester". BBC Sport. 14 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Sione Kalamafoni, Dominic Ryan, Joe Ford and Jonah Holmes join Leicester Tigers". BBC. 1 June 2017.

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