OFA TUUNGAFASI was one of the busiest front rowers for the All Blacks in 2018, playing 12 of the 14 Tests.
He was a strong presence for the Blues in their challenging 2018 Investec Super Rugby season, despite a knee injury keeping him sidelined for a few weeks.
A defensive rock and big man, the softly-spoken Tuungafasi made his All Blacks debut in 2016 after establishing himself as one of the Blues’ standout players.
He scored his first Test try against South Africa in 2017 and this year committed long term to New Zealand Rugby, re-signing through to 2021.
As a younger player, Tuungafasi represented New Zealand at age-grade level and made the New Zealand Schools team for two seasons, playing alongside All Blacks teammate TJ Perenara.
Tuungafasi studies social work outside of rugby, with a particular focus on young people.
Rugby runs in his family - his father Mofuike played for Tonga at the 1987 RWC and his younger brother Isi joined Ofa in the Auckland squad in 2015.
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