Jul 03

Peter Fatialofa

Personal Life:

Papali’itele Peter Fatialofa MNZM (born April 26, 1959, Auckland, New Zealand – died November 6, 2013, Samoa) was Head coach for the Manusina Women’s Rugby, and a former Samoan Rugby player who captained Manu Samoa in their first Rugby World Cup appearance in 1991. Fatialofa played in prop position, and was among the first of the New Zealand based players to represent Samoa.

The ‘Fats: Peter Fatialofa and the Manu Samoa Story’ autobiography was published and released in 1996. That same year was to be his last time representing the Blue jersey and retired from Rugby, where he now runs the family owned Furniture Moving business.

Fatialofa died November 6, 2013 while in Samoa. He is survived by his wife Anne, and their eight children.


Professional Career:

Fatialofa played club rugby for Ponsonby. He also played 72 games for Auckland and was part of their Ranfurly Shield reign from 1985 to 1993.

Nicknamed ‘Fats or Peter Fats’, he debuted for Samoa against Ireland in a test match on October 29th in their 1988 tour of Wales and Ireland. He first captained Samoa in 1989 and led them to the 1991 Rugby World Cup. They lost to Scotland in the Quarter-finals 28–6.

On June 03, 1996 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the 1996 Queen’s Birthday honours list for his services to rugby. The following month, Fatialofa played his last game for Samoa against Fiji in Suva on July 20, 1996.


Highlights and Awards:

  • Captained the Manu Samoa Rugby team
  • One of the first New Zealand based Samoans to play for Manu Samoa
  • Led the Manu Samoa Rugby team to its first Rugby World Cup
  • Published an autobiography titled: ‘Fats: Peter Fatialofa and the Manu Samoa Story’






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