Finau Maka

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Finau Maka
Birth nameFinau Sosefo Maka
Date of birth (1977-07-10) 10 July 1977 (age 42)
Place of birth Longoteme, Tonga
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight242 lb (110 kg)
SchoolSacred Heart College Auckland
Notable relative(s) Isitolo Maka (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker, Number 8
Amateur team(s)
New Zealand Schools
NZ U19
NZ U21
Ponsonby Rugby Club
Senior career
Auckland Rugby Union
Provence Rugby
Super Rugby
National team(s)
Pacific Islanders
Teams coached
2017-2018 Dilworth XV Forward Coach

Finau Maka (born 10 July 1977) started his playing career for Auckland Rugby Union and NZ age group teams. He played over 50 games for Auckland NPC Team and the Hurricanes, Blues and Highlanders before leaving to play for the Stade Toulousain club in French Top 14. Whilst at Toulouse he helped them win the 2003 and 2005 Heineken Cups, as a replacement in 2003 and starting in the 2005 final. [1] [2] He played in two Rugby World Cups for Tonga and was one of the stars of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. In 2011 he led his country to beat France in the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history. France went on to almost beat the All Blacks in the final.

Auckland Rugby Union

The Auckland Rugby Union are a New Zealand governing body of rugby union in the New Zealand province of Auckland. The ARU governs the running of the Auckland representative team which have won New Zealand's first-tier domestic competition, National Provincial Championship 17 times—more than any other team. Their most recent victory was the 2018 competition. Auckland also acts as a primary feeder to the Blues, who play in the Super Rugby competition.

Stade Toulousain rugby union team

Stade Toulousain, also referred to as Toulouse, is a French rugby union club from Toulouse in Occitania. Toulouse is one of the most successful clubs in Europe, having won the Heineken Cup a joint record four times – in 1996, 2003, 2005 and 2010. They were also runners-up in 2004 and 2008 against London Wasps and Munster, respectively. Stade Toulousain have also won a record 20 French Championship titles. It is traditionally one of the main providers for the French national team. Their home ground is the Stade Ernest-Wallon. However, big Top 14 matches along with Heineken Cup games are often played at the Stadium Municipal de Toulouse. The club colours are red, black and white.

Top 14 French rugby union league

The Top 14 is a professional rugby union club competition that is played in France created in 1892. The Top 14 is at the top of the national league system operated by the French National Rugby League, also known by its French initialism of LNR. There is promotion and relegation between the Top 14 and the next level down, the Rugby Pro D2. The fourteen best rugby teams in France participate in the competition, hence the name Top 14. The competition was previously known as the Top 16.


2007 Rugby World Cup

Maka made his international debut in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, in Tonga's first pool game against the United States of America. He opened the scoring with a try in the second minute. He went on to seal his spot as the first choice number 8 for Tonga against Samoa, South Africa and England.


In 2014, Maka fought against David Letele for the Duco Event's Corporate World Title. The day before the fight at the weigh in both fighters got into a fight. Letele grabbed Maka on the throat pushing him back, Maka retaliated by tackling him to the ground, however the fight was broken off quickly. [3] Maka lost by TKO in the first round.

David Letele, also known as the Brown Buttabean, is a professional boxer from New Zealand.

Professional boxing record

0 Wins (0 knockouts, 0 decisions), 1 Losses (1 knockouts, 0 decisions), 0 Draws [4]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Loss0–1 Flag of New Zealand.svg David Letele TKO 1, (4) 1:482015-03-05 Flag of New Zealand.svg Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, Auckland Duco Event's Corporate World Title

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