Newly signed to the NSW Waratahs in 2015, former Auckland Blues representative, Angus Ta’avao proved a welcome addition to the Tahs forward pack in 2016 bringing with him a strong combination of dominant defence, mobility and maturity.
It didn’t take long for Ta’avao to become a much admired member of the squad due to his charismatic personality, adding his own unique touch of culture and leadership to the team, two values that are intrinsic to the squad and Head Coach, Daryl Gibson’s mantra.
The 26-year-old didn’t take long to make his mark on the field either, with a set of standout performances in the 2016 pre-season trials for the Tahs, securing a crucial try in the dying seconds of the opening match which helped his new side seal a thrilling game against the Brumbies.
Ta’avao went on to earn his official Waratahs debut in the opening round of 2016, running on in the starting side in his first five games for NSW before scoring his first Super Rugby try in the Tah blue jersey in round nine against the Western Force. He crossed again in round 12 verse the Bulls and in the Tahs’ final game for the season against his former teammates, the Blues in his home town of Auckland, adding three extra tries all up to his previous two for the Blues in 2013 and 2014.
Kicking off his Super Rugby career with the Blues back in 2012, Ta’avao had previously earned 48 Super Rugby caps for the Blues, which meant 2016 saw him run out for his 50th in just his second game with the NSW Waratahs in in round two against the Brumbies.
Tava’ao’s rugby developed at the Marist Brothers’ Old Boys Rugby Club. Born in Auckland, he went on to represent his home side in the ITM Cup tournament for four years, before switching to Taranaki, contributing to their Premiership title campaign in 2014.
His ITM Cup debut in 2010 fell in the same year he represented his home country in the New Zealand Under-20s side that won the Junior World Championships, taking the honours as Captain in the first match of the tournament.
Last updated: 21/12/2016