Tongan International Soane Tonga’uiha Signs As Player/Coach For 2018-19
Director of Rugby Mark Lavery is delighted to confirm that former Tongan international Soane Tonga’uiha has joined the National 1 squad for 2018-19 as player/forwards coach.
Prop Soane (pronounced So Wa Neigh), 37, joins from Bristol Rugby, capped 15 times for Tonga, 180+ games in the Premiership (Northampton Saints & Bristol) and 40+ in the Top 14 (Racing Metro, Oyonnax), he brings a wealth of experience to the pack at Ampthill.
An archetypal loosehead, his 1.91m (6ft 3in), 130kg (20st 7lb) frame and legendary ball carrying will light up Level 3 rugby next season.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of helping Ampthill meet their ambitious targets. As a grass roots community club, I’m going back to where I started in Auckland while also finding more time to prepare for life after my playing days are over.”
Director of Rugby Mark Lavery comments “After Viliami Ma’asi’s move to Peterborough we feel our Tongan contingent has been a little ‘light’, Soane certainly rectifies that issue. We are delighted that he has decided to return to Bedfordshire where his performances at Goldington Road first put him on the pathway to the top of the game.”