Sam Moa

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Sam Moa
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Personal information
Full nameSamuela Moa
Born (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 33)
Tonga
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight16 st 7 lb (105 kg)
Playing information
Position Prop
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2008 Cronulla Sharks 10000
2009–12 Hull F.C. 7870028
2013–16 Sydney Roosters 9890036
2017– Catalans Dragons 8080032
Total257240096
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2006–17 Tonga 100000
2013–16 New Zealand 92008
As of 2 July 2019
Source: [1] [2]

Samuela "Sam" Moa (born 14 August 1986) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a prop for the Catalans Dragons in the Super League. He is both Tonga and New Zealand international.

Rugby league Full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field

Rugby league is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field measuring 68 m wide and 112–122 m long. One of the two codes of rugby football, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators.

Catalans Dragons rugby league team

The Catalans Dragons are a professional rugby league club based in Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France and represent Catalonia. They play in the Super League. They have also played home matches in Barcelona, attracting a Super League regular season record crowd of 31,555 against the Wigan Warriors at the Nou Camp in 2019. Along with the Toronto Wolfpack are the only teams in the competition from outside England. The Dragons play home games at Stade Gilbert Brutus. They were the first non British team to win the Challenge Cup since the competition started in 1896, after beating Warrington Wolves 20–14 at Wembley Stadium on 25 August 2018.

Super League professional rugby league

Super League is the top-level professional rugby league club competition in the Northern Hemisphere. The league has twelve teams: ten from England, one from France and one from Canada.

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Moa has previously played for the Cronulla Sharks and the Sydney Roosters, with whom he won the 2013 Telstra Premiership in the NRL, and Hull F.C. in the Super League.

Sydney Roosters Professional Australian Rugby League team

The Sydney Roosters is an Australian professional rugby league football club. They are based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. The club competes in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition and is one of the oldest and most successful clubs. The Roosters have won fifteen New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) and National Rugby League titles, and several other competitions. As a franchise, the Eastern Suburbs/Sydney City/Sydney Roosters have won 15 premierships, tying them with the St George Dragons. Only South Sydney Rabbitohs have won more premierships. The club holds the record for having the most wins and the second greatest margin of victory in a match in Australian rugby league history, and has won more minor premierships than any other club. The Roosters is one of only two clubs to finish runners-up in its inaugural season. The Eastern Suburbs DRLFC is the only club to have played in each and every season at the elite level, and since the 1970s has often been dubbed the "glamour club" of the league. Coached by Trent Robinson along with captains Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend, the Roosters play their home games at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

National Rugby League Australasian rugby league football competition

The National Rugby League (NRL) is a league of professional men's rugby league teams in Australia. Run by the Australian Rugby League Commission, the NRL's main competition is known as the Telstra Premiership due to sponsorship from Telstra and is contested by sixteen teams, fifteen of which are based in Australia with one based in New Zealand. It is the most viewed and attended rugby league club competition in the world.

Hull F.C. rugby league football club

Hull Football Club, commonly referred to as Hull or Hull F.C., is a professional rugby league football club established in 1865 and based in West Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The club plays in the Super League competition and were known as Hull Sharks from 1996–99.

Background

Moa was born in Tonga and raised in New Zealand.

Playing career

Wests Tigers

Moa started his career at NRL side Wests Tigers.

Cronulla Sharks

He then signed with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in 2008 and playing in one National Rugby League match.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks rugby league football club

The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks are an Australian professional rugby league team based in Cronulla, in the Sutherland Shire, Southern Sydney, New South Wales. They compete in the National Rugby League (NRL), Australasia's premier rugby league competition. The Sharks, as they are commonly known, were admitted to the New South Wales Rugby League premiership, predecessor of the Australian Rugby League and the current National Rugby League competition, in January 1967. The club competed in every premiership season since then and, during the Super League war, joined the rebel competition before continuing on in the re-united NRL Premiership. The Sharks have been in competition for 52 years, appearing in four grand finals, winning their first premiership in 2016 after defeating the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium.

Hull FC

He was signed by Hull F.C. in January 2009 and arrived a week before the club's fixture with Huddersfield Giants which he featured off the bench in his debut. Moa is good friends with former Hull F.C. and Tonga teammate Willie Manu and former Hull F.C. and Tonga teammate Epalahame Lauaki (now at Bradford Bulls). The trio were commonly known by the Hull fans as 'The Tongan Mafia'.[ citation needed ]

Huddersfield Giants Rugby league club in Huddersfield, England

The Huddersfield Giants are an English professional rugby league club from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, the birthplace of rugby league, who play in the Super League competition. They play their home games at the John Smiths Stadium which is shared with Huddersfield Town F.C.. Huddersfield is also one of the original twenty-two rugby clubs that formed the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895, making them one of the world's first rugby league teams. The club was founded in 1864 and is the world's oldest professional rugby league club. They have won 7 Championships and 6 Challenge Cups, but have not won a major trophy since 1962, Although they did win the 2013 League Leaders Shield after topping the table for the first time in 81 years.

Tonga country in Oceania

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Willie Manu Australian-Tongan rugby league player

Viliami Makamaile "Willie" Manu is a former Tongan international rugby league footballer. He played as a second-row forward, he previously played in the National Rugby League for Australian clubs the Wests Tigers, South Sydney Rabbitohs, St. George Illawarra Dragons and the Sydney Roosters. Manu moved to England and played in the Super League for the Castleford Tigers, Hull F.C. before joining St Helens, with whom he won the 2014 Super League championship.

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Sam Moa with a dominant run in the Roosters victory against Warriors 2014

Sydney Roosters

Sam signed for the Sydney Roosters for the 2013 NRL season, winning the premiership with them at the end of the season. Many observed that Moa's performance in the grand final was particularly memorable, flattening Manly's Glenn Stewart with an aggressive kick-off return in the 1st minute. Controversially, Moa was not the Churchill Medallist with this being awarded to the Sea Eagles' half-back Daly Cherry-Evans.

The 2013 NRL season was the 106th season of professional rugby league club competition in Australia. The National Rugby League's main competition, named the 2013 Telstra Premiership after major sponsors Telstra Corporation, was contested by sixteen teams during the regular season, which lasted from March to September, and resulted in the top eight finishing teams, who went on to contest the finals. The season culminated in the Grand Final, in which the Sydney Roosters defeated the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 26-18 to win their first NRL premiership since 2002.

Glenn Stewart Australian rugby league player

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Daly Cherry-Evans Australian rugby league player

Daly Cherry-Evans is an Australian rugby league footballer who plays as a halfback for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the NRL and Australia at international level.

Catalans Dragons

Moa joined the French side ahead of the 2017 Super League season.

He played in the 2018 Challenge Cup Final victory over the Warrington Wolves at Wembley Stadium. [3]

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Moa playing for Tonga

International career

Tonga

Moa first played for Tonga in 2006 as part of the 2008 World Cup qualifying series.

Moa was subsequently picked in the 2008 World Cup squad and went on to feature in all three of Tonga's matches at the tournament.

New Zealand

He declared himself eligible for selection for New Zealand at the next world cup citing his desire to be part of a world cup winning squad. Despite playing for Tonga against Samoa in the Pacific Rugby League International in April 2013, he played for New Zealand in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. [4]

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  3. "Catalans Dragons beat Warrington in Challenge Cup final to make history". Guardian. 25 August 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  4. "Rugby League World Cup 2013: NZ star Williams opts out". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 8 October 2013.