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“A pillar of rugby Ikale Tahi Tonga who will now have his name engraved among the ranks of the greatest legendaries. What sad news to receive the death of Taniela Moa,” he said on his social networks.

“We would like to send our love and our deepest condolences to his family at this sad and tragic time. May he fly high among the army of God and look upon you all.

Moa made his Auckland debut in 2005, appearing 58 times. During his club career, he also played for the Bay of Plenty, Super Rugby teams, the Blues and Chiefs, as well as the France Section Paloise team.

The half-back has won 21 caps for Tonga, according to Reuters, playing for the country at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

He played all four of Tonga’s matches in the tournament, including the opener against the All Blacks and the surprise victory over runner-up France.

The Section Paloise paid tribute to its former player on Twitter.

“Sad news for the Green and White family this Thursday morning, we have just learned of the loss of Taniela Moa at the age of 36,” he said.

“International with the Baby Blacks and Tonga, he wore the colors of the Section from 2011 to 2017 and took part in the club’s rise to TOP 14.

“Taniela was an atypical player who illuminated the Hamlet, he had a form of genius at his post capable of sending 30m passes to the left and to the right. He was a very endearing boy,” said Bernard Pontneau, president of the section.

“To his family, loved ones and former teammates, the Section offers its sincere condolences.

The Samoan rugby team also job their condolences to Moa.
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“We are shocked to learn of the sudden passing of our Uso, Taniela Moa. Such a huge loss and left too soon.

“Our prayers and thoughts go (sic) to the Ikale Tahi team, Tongan Rugby and also to the Moa family. Rest well Taniela.

“Alofaaga from Aiga Manu Samoa.”

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