Sione Latu

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Sione Latu
Birth nameSione-Tupoumalohi Latu Mailangi
Date of birth (1971-02-23) February 23, 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Tonga
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in) [1]
Weight100 kg (220 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8
Amateur team(s)
- Daito Bunka University RFC ()
Senior career
1992-1996 Sanyo [2] ()
National team(s)



Sione Latu (born February 23, 1971) is a former Tongan-born Japanese rugby player. He played as a number 8. He also played for Tonga and Japan XV. He is not related with fellow Japan national rugby union player Sinali Latu.

Sinali Latu is a retired Tongan-Japanese rugby union player. He played in Japan for Sanyo and also played for the Japan national rugby union team. Now he coaches the Daito Bunka University rugby team.



His first cap for Japan was during a match against Hong Kong, at Seoul, on September 26, 1992. He was also part of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, where he played two matches, against Wales and Ireland. After the tournament, he retired. He also played for Sanyo.

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  1. "World Rugby |". Retrieved 2018-10-09.

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