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Tributes flow after the passing of former Tongan international Taniela Moa

By Sam Smith
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Former Auckland, Blues and Tonga player Taniela Moa has passed away at age 36 leading to tributes from his former teams.

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Moa played for Auckland 58 times in the NPC from 2005-09 before moving to the Bay of Plenty. He made 27 appearances for the Blues between 2007-10 before one more Super Rugby season with the Chiefs in 2011.

The halfback was capped by Tonga against Fiji in 2011 and he played 20 times for his country until 2015.

Auckland Rugby put out a statement wishing the Moa family support at this time.

“Auckland Rugby would like to acknowledge the sad passing of of Taniela Moa,” a statement read.

“Taniela had 58 appearances for the blue and white hoops winning two NPC titles with the Union.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Moa family at this time.”

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