|Date of birth||17 September 1964|
|Place of birth||Nailaga, Yalalevu, Fiji|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||242 lb (110 kg)|
|Notable relative(s)||Laisa Taga (daughter)|
|Rugby union career|
Mosese Taga (born 17 September 1964 in Nailaga) is a Fijian rugby union player. He plays as a hooker and a prop.
He debuted with the Flying Fijians during the 1987 Rugby World Cup, during the match against New Zealand at Cristchurch, on May 27, 1987. He was also part of the 1991 Rugby World Cup roster, where he was the captain. His last international cap was during a match against Australia, at Sydney on September 18, 1998.
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The 1991 Rugby World Cup was the second edition of the Rugby World Cup, and was jointly hosted by England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France: at the time, the five European countries who participated in the Five Nations Championship. This was the first Rugby World Cup to be staged in the northern hemisphere, with England the hosts of the championship game. Following on from the success of the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup, the 1991 World Cup received increased attention and was seen as a major global sporting event for the first time. Also for the first time, qualifying competitions were introduced as the number of entrants had increased from 16 nations four years before to a total of 33 countries. The eight quarter-finalists from 1987 qualified automatically with the remaining eight spots contested through qualifiers by 25 countries. This however resulted in only one new side qualifying for the tournament, Western Samoa replacing Tonga. The same 16-team pool/knock-out format was used with just minor changes to the points system.
He is the father of Laisa Taga, who plays for Fiji women's national rugby union team as flanker.
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