Valentino Mapapalangi rugby player
Valentino Mapapalangi rugby player

Valentino Mapapalangi

18th Jul 1993 1.94m/112kg No 5 Lock

Mapapalangi arrived at Manawatu in 2015 from Waikato.

Having played for the Chiefs development side in 2015, Valentino is a promising young player who could take some big strides his debut provincial season.

At 6ft 4in tall and weighing 17st 9lb, the 24-year-old Mapapalangi is a physical presence in the back row and has gained experience in New Zealand with Auckland, Waikato, Chiefs and Manawatu.

An exciting talent in Tongan rugby, he earned his first international selection during 2016 and started the Test against Wales this summer.

In August 2017, the 24-year old signed for Leicester Tigers for the 2017-18 season, subject to visa.

As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Mapapalangi has had 5 Champions Cup appearances.

(DH 8/17)
ML 9/10/18

Career

rouen Rouen Rugby
No. 8
2019 - present
manawatu-logo Manawatu
No 5 Lock
2015 - 2016
275213_100002908945441_1598230740_n Tonga
No 5 Lock
2016 - 2019
leicester Leicester Tigers
No 5 Lock
2017 - 2019