Malakai Fekitoa

Stars lining up to play for Ikale Tahi

The former All Black and Wallaby representatives were named in a team announcement by the Tonga Rugby Union today.

It is a historic moment for Pacific rugby, with eligibility rules now allowing Pacific Islanders players to play for their home countries.

'Ikale Tahi head coach Toutai Kefu said the selection will make a huge difference to the quality of Tongan rugby.

Former All Black Malakai Fekitoa signs up with Irish club Munster

Fekitoa played 24 tests for the All Blacks between 2014 and 2017 before losing his place in the squad, prompting him to join French club Toulon.

He later signed for English outfit Wasps in 2019. He will now join Munster on a two-year deal once he completes his duties for the Coventry-based club.

Now eligible to represent Tonga, where he was born and raised, Fekitoa was a member of the All Blacks’ squad that defended the Webb Ellis Cup at the World Cup in Britain in 2015.

Malakai Fekitoa’s Tonga Appeal fundraising nears USD 81k

 

 Family members and supporters of the Wasps rugby team held a bucket collection during the team’s match against Saracens last night, to support the appeal and managed to raise more than USD2k.

 

The bucket collection was led by team mate Jacob Umaga and his partner Elisha.

Fekitoa was amazed at the support he received from the public towards the appeal for his people in Tonga.

Former All Black Malakai Fekitoa raises £45k in fundraiser for Tonga

Fekitoa who is in the UK, posted on his official Twitter page, that he was grateful to all the support he has been receiving.

“Amazing to see so much support from you all, here in the UK and also the rugby community. I’m grateful for all your blessings, we’ve managed to raise over £45k in the last few days. This will make a huge difference.”

The 29-year-old received a major support from his current British rugby club ‘The Wasps’ towards the fundraiser.

Wasps make grand gesture in support of Fekitoa's Tongan disaster fund

Because communications have been severely disrupted, it has been difficult to determine the extent of the devastation. However, pleas for immediate assistance have been made, with food and clean drinking water at the top of the priority list.

Centre Malakai Fekitoa has launched the fundraiser and in support of his efforts, Wasps have vowed to to donate 20 per cent of all match ticket revenue from their upcoming Gallagher Premiership match vs Saracens on Sunday 30 January to the cause.

Overseas-based Tongan rugby players trying to get in touch with families

Yesterday, he posted on his Twitter page saying “Haven’t heard from my family in a couple days now. Hope everyone back home in Tonga are safe. Stay strong.”

Fiji-born Tongan rugby player, Kaliopasi Uluilakepa has urged everyone to continue praying for Tongans affected by the tsunami.

The Fiji Drua player shared an encouraging message via video.

Munster set to sign former All Black Malakai Fekitoa

This weekend it was revealed that Scarlets have penned a deal with loose forward Vaea Fifita, but RugbyPass understands that Fekiota has also now confirmed his departure and that Munster is still the likely destination.

Fekitoa’s exit from Wasps has long been on the table but his exact destination remained unclear. It now appears that contrary to some reports, the Irish province have won the battle for the 29-year-old.

Wasps confirm extent of Fekitoa injury and it's bad news for Tonga

Four days on from that 41st-minute exit, Wasps boss Lee Blackett confirmed the grim prognosis for Fekitoa who had qualified to switch his international rugby allegiance to Tonga by playing in last June’s Olympic sevens qualifying event in Monaco.

Blackett explained at a club media briefing: “Malakai has dislocated his shoulder and will need surgery. It will be months rather than weeks and he will be out for a significant time. 

Malakai Fekitoa to captain Tonga 7s

The former All Black first represented the team 13 years ago before moving to New Zealand as a 17-year-old.

Fekitoa is one of three players switching their international allegience to Tonga, alongside former Wallabies forward Lopeti Timani and ex Australian sevens international Afusipa Taumoepeau.

"I am very proud to have been a part of the best team in the world but at the same time I want to contribute something great to Tonga, my country, my homeland and where my heart belongs," he wrote on Twitter.

Former All Black Fekitoa to represent Tonga

The 29 year is one of four former New Zealand and Australian internationals who will represent the kingdom in next weekend's Final Olympic Sevens Repechage tournament in Monaco.

The others are former Wallabies forward Lopeti Timani, Australian sevens international, Afusipa Taumoepeau, and Tasman winger Tima Fainga'anuku, who is a former New Zealand sevens representative.

Fekitoa will link up with the Tonga sevens squad already in Monaco after playing in Wasps' final English Premiership match against Leicester Tigers this weekend.