Pathway of fame - Fakahau Valu

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Fakahau Valu

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(1950- ) Flanker, Tonga
The story behind the plaque

Fakahau Valu was a member of the Tongan international XV which completed an historic 16-11 win over Australia in 1973. Fifteen years later he was still in his country’s team when they made a big impression in the 1987 World Cup finals. Although they lost their three pool matches, it was the manner of their performance, (especially in losing by only 29-16 to Wales), that endeared Valu and his other veteran team mates Kutusi Fielea and Polutele Tuihalamaka to the spectators.

Following Tonga’s Triangular South Pacific championship win in 1986, Valu was playing in his fifteenth consecutive season when he made his World Cup appearance, scoring his side’s only try in their opening game against Canada. Valu epitomised his countrymen’s approach during their first overseas tour to Britain in 1974. “Modest and dignified” were words often used to describe the side.

He coached Tonga at the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

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