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​Hugo started playing rugby when he was 6 and played in the backline as a 1st V until he was 16, where he then moved to lock.  Which is where he wants to play.  To this day, everybody that he has played against in his junior years remembers him as “that kid with the mullet and white gloves”.
Hugo finished  college in 2018 and will study at Vic Uni next year while playing for Tawa.  Hugo choose Tawa because he came from a School with a great community and  wanted to be with a club with a strong community feel. He also says that Tawa has strong players and structures in place for the future and hopes to add to that.

Position:  Lock

Height:  6'5" (197cm)

College: Onslow 1st XV
Grade:  First year out of school, happy to play where the coaches want me.

Rep Honours: Wellington U16s, U18s  and Hurricanes U18s. Currently part of the 2019 Wellington Academy. 

Favourite food:  Can't beat a steak and cheese pie

Favourite Cartoon: Scooby Doo

Favourite My dad always told me “Step up, take charge” before every game and that’s really stuck with me.

Most inspirational person:  Probably my older sister- she has such a strong work ethic and gives everything 100%


Nickname:  Kelepi
Position played:  Wing/Fullback
Last Grade:  1st XV 
School:  Scots College
Rep Honours:  WRFU U18s, NZ Barbarian U18s, Fiji U18s sevens, Hurricanes U18s
Height/Weight:  5’10 / 90kgs

Background:  Fijian descent but I was born and raised in the Wairarapa and played football all my life till I switched to rugby when I came to Scots College in year 10

Reason I choose TRFC:  Great culture with great coaches
Favourite Food:   Noodle Canteen
Favourite Cartoon Character:   The Flash
Favourite Quote:   From the bible Philippians 4:13 - I  can do all things through God who gives my strength.
Most inspirational person:   Nelson Mandela


​Sam comes off a solid season with St Patricks Silverstream College 1st XV where he was tasked to run at 1st Five. His helped his team win Premier 1 back to back college titles. Sam followed that effort with a successful rep campaign in the U18 Wellington Centurions, helping them to win the Hurricanes Trustbank Central U18s competition (for the first time ever). Alongside rugby, Sam plays Rugby 7s and touch rugby.

He is of part-Maori descent and his family are fishermen from the Chatham Islands. Sam spent most his college years in Sydney before moving back to NZ to finish off his schooling. 

He's played both rugby and league.

His family are in the Hutt where they work in the cray-fishing industry. Sams' plan next year is to study and work part time for his family's' business. 

Having considered other clubs, Sam makes an early decision for Tawa Rugby Football Club.Sam is looking forward to the season ahead and the challenges that this brings. He chose Tawa Rugby Football Club because he felt the club suited him and provided him the best pathway achieving his goals. ​


Tawa Rugby Football Club welcome players of all levels looking to play their rugby in Wellington for the 2019 season. The off-season gym sessions are currently underway. 

Over the next few months we will be show casing the new a current players of Tawa Rugby Football club. 

If you are interested in joining our club please contact: 

Steve Sooialo 

Club Coaching Development Officer

m:  027 267 0606


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Swayde was born and raised in Porirua.  Went to Rangikura School, Ascot Park and came from a big family of 8 brothers and one sister.

In 2014 he left home and became a boarder at St Patricks College Silverstream where he’s been for the past 5 years.  This year being his final year at school he was appointed leadership positions becoming the head boarder and Deputy Head Boy for the College.

He started playing rugby in year 10 and played a number of grades finishing off his schooling playing two years in the St Pats Silverstream 1st XV as part of the Wellington Premier 1 back to back winning team.

Swayde is of Maori/Samoan descent with a Mum who lives in Kawakawa and a dad who lives in Wainuiomata.

Swayde makes the move to Tawa in 2019 to advance his rugby career.

A warm welcome is extended from Tawa to him and his family.

Nickname:  Swizzle 
Position:  Halfback 
Grade:  Looking to just play some good footy and fit in where I can 
College:  St Patricks College (Silverstream) 1st XV Rep 
Experience:  U18s NZ Maori Sevens Team 2018 

Favourite Food:  Prawns or butter chicken 
Favourite Cartoon Character:  Cliford the big red dog 
Favorite Quote:  A champion team will always beat a team of champions.


​We are pleased to see the return of one of our former junior players back to the Club following a successful season with St Patricks College Wellington 1st XV in 2018.

Josh Mallon was a junior at the Tawa  Rugby Football Club from aged 4 to 12 before ending up in the city where he played the last two college years with the St Pats College Wellington 1st XV.

Josh initially started as an outside back but recently cements himself on a career path as a loose forward. Josh has spent a good part of his college years in the McEvedy athletics programme where he competed as one of the colleges senior 100 & 200 metre sprinters - winning the 100 metre sprints in 2017.

Josh’s performance this year and his potential saw him picked into one of the WRFU U18s rep squads.

Josh's Dad Pete and other family are no strangers and have been supporters of Tawa  Rugby Football Club for some time.

Josh prides himself as a hard worker and has set himself some goals for his rugby. He is realistic about achieving those goals and acknowledges the hard work that lies ahead of him. The club warmly welcomes Josh and his family back into the fold as a senior player for 2019.

Position:  Loose Forward

Height:  185cm

Weight:  94kgs

Favorite food:  Chicken

Favorite cartoon character:  Bugs Bunny

Most inspirational person:  My Dad