Taufa'ao Filise

Taufa'ao Filise
Birth nameTaufa'ao Filise
Date of birth (1977-05-26) May 26, 1977 (age 45)
Place of birthMalapo, Tonga
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight124 kg (19 st 7 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Bath Rugby
Cardiff Blues
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Pacific Islanders

Taufa'ao Filise (born May 26, 1977) is a Tongan rugby union footballer who played over 250 games for the Cardiff Blues.

Filise was born in Malapo near Nuku’alofa.[2] and attended Tupou College. He started his professional rugby career in 2000 with Bay of Plenty in the National Provincial Championship.[3] He was selected the following year for Tonga, and would go on to represent Tonga 17 times, including playing at the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups. Filise would also represent the Pacific Islanders rugby union team in 2004 and 2006.

He was picked up by the Blues (Super Rugby) for their 2005 Super Rugby campaign, and then signed for Bath Rugby on a year contract following that. After his season with Bath, Taufa'ao moved to Cardiff Blues for their 2006-2007 Celtic League campaign. He was part of the Cardiff teams that won the 2008–09 Anglo-Welsh Cup and the 2009–10 European Challenge Cup. On December 19, 2015 he became the Cardiff Blues most capped player with 183 first class appearances.[4] He made his 250th appearance for the club on 31 December 2017.[2]

Filise finished his career playing for the Cardiff Blues in the Pro14. During his 13 years in Cardiff, Taufa'au amassed 255 appearances, with 9 tries and became a cult figure earning the nickname "The king of Tonga".[5] His final game for the club was the European Rugby Challenge Cup final in Bilbao, which Cardiff won 31-30.


  1. ^ "Filise begins life after rugby with Dragon Signs".
  2. ^ a b "The secret behind the remarkable longevity of this shy 40-year-old about to reach a real rugby landmark". Wales Online. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Tongan prop Taufa'ao Filise signs another proffesional [sic] contract at 40-years-old". Stuff. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Cardiff Blues". cardiffblues.com.
  5. ^ "Cardiff Blues legend Taufa'ao Filise gets his first job after rugby as new life begins". Wales Online. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2021.

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