Fats is dead, RIP


Peter Fatialofa, Auckland and Samoan rugby legend has died.

Popular Samoan rugby identity Peter Fatialofa has died. He was aged 54.

Reports say Fatialofa was taken ill suddenly and died this morning. It is understood Fatialofa had a heart attack while driving in Samoa and died while be attended by ambulance staff.

Twitter was abuzz with shock amongst the Samoan and general rugby communities.

Fatialofa played for Manu Samoa between 1988 and 1996, making 34 test appearances. ??

He played two World Cups, including captaining Samoa at the 1991 tournament where they made a huge impact. He was honoured with a place in the World XV from that tournament.

The Ponsonby club stalwart played 72 games for Auckland and was part of their stunning Ranfurly Shield reign from 1985 to 1993.

The burly prop was often the custodian of the Log o’Wood and became a cult figure with his strength honed from working his furniture removal business and became known as New Zealand’s most famous piano-mover.

Fatialofa was also a passionate coach and his career included stints in Auckland club rugby and with the Samoan test team.

He was the current coach of the Samoan women’s team who recently qualified for next year’s World Cup.Fatialofa was a made a Member of the New Zealand Order of merit in 1996 for his services to rugby.