Uale Mai

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Uale Mai Vala
Uale mai.jpg
Uale Mai in Fiji.
Date of birth (1978-07-20) 20 July 1978 (age 42)
Place of birth Samoa
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight88 kg (194 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly half
Amateur team(s)

CR El Salvador
National team(s)
2008–11 Samoa 16
National sevens team(s)
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa (1,318 pts)

Uale Mai Vala (born 20 July 1978) is a retired rugby union player who played for the country's national teams, Manu Samoa and Samoa Sevens. He is a former captain of the Samoa Sevens team which represent Samoa internationally in the IRB Sevens World Series. He was at the time of his retirement sevens rugby's most capped player (a record since surpassed by New Zealand's DJ Forbes), and Mai is considered one of the greats in the international sport. [1] Mai has been one of the top points scorers in the IRB World Sevens Series.

Mai is from Vailoa village in Palauli district on the island of Savai'i. [2] Mai was the first Samoan to be awarded the IRB International Sevens Player of the Year, which he received for the 2005–06 World Sevens Series. The ceremony took place in Glasgow on 26 November 2006.

Mai was awarded Player of the Tournament at the 2007 Hong Kong Sevens. [2] In 2008, he was awarded the Samoan Senior Player of the Year and also received a nomination for the IRB International Sevens Player of the Year. In 2009, Mai took a short break from the Samoa Sevens team but returned in 2010 under new coach Stephen Betham.

In fifteens, he is comfortable at flyhalf and scrumhalf, where he represents Samoa in the Samoa national rugby union team. In 2010, he joined CR El Salvador in Spain's Division de Honor. [3] " I also do this for my son Sene Nuulua now educated at NUS"

Uale Mai, 2009. Uale Mai kicks rugby ball.jpg
Uale Mai, 2009.

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  1. "Mai returns as squads declared for NZI Sevens". International Rugby Board, News. 4 February 2010. Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  2. 1 2 "Manu Samoa 7s". Samoa Rugby Union. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  3. "Uale Mai Internacional Samoano nuevo apertura del Cetransa El Salvador". Cetransa El Salvador, News. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2010.