Manu Samoa halfback Jonathan Taumateine joins Moana Pasifika

Manu Samoa halfback Jonathan Taumateine joins Moana Pasifika for the inaugural Super Rugby Pacific season. The 25-year old made his test match debut from the bench in July where Samoa collected a 42-13 win over ‘Ikale Tahi. The following week, the exciting halfback got his first test start, scoring a try in Samoa’s 37-15 win over Tonga, securing a spot in the 2023 Rugby World Cup.  

The former Wesley College student first wore the blue jersey for the Samoa Under 20 team in 2015. The following year, he was selected into the Counties Manukau Steelers squad and was subsequently picked in Scott Robertson’s New Zealand Under 20 team in the same year. After his first season of Super Rugby, Taumateine joined the Chiefs and notched up 11 games between 2017 and 2019. In 2020, he moved south to the Hurricanes in search of more game time and has played a total of seven games.  

Taumateine is known for his quick pass, staunch defence, and ability to drive a game. He joins Hawke’s Bay Magpies halfback Ereatara Enari for Moana Pasifika and is sure to entertain crowds at his new home of Mount Smart Stadium. 

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