|Birth name||Watisone Lotawa|
|Date of birth||July 13, 1979|
|Place of birth||Fiji|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||98 kg (15 st 6 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Watisone Lotawa is a New Zealand Rugby Union player who plays provincial rugby for Auckland in the Air New Zealand Cup
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Watisone Lotawa played for North Otago in the 3rd Division of the NPC, he was a member of the North Otago squad that won the 2002 3rd Division final against Horowhenua-Kapiti. After a couple of seasons for North Otago he took up a contract with Southland. He played 33 games for Southland and it was with them he played his first match in the Air New Zealand Cup.
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Watisone Lotawa now plays in Auckland for clubside Suburbs, and he has been named in the 2008 Auckland side for the Air New Zealand Cup.
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