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Coaching Bio

I have been contracted to the Reds since graduating high school in 2014 and joined their senior squad in 2016. I got on the map after a video of a 50m try from my high school years went viral and earned me the nickname 'Tongan Thor'. I've come a long way since then, claiming 31 test caps for Australia and solidifying my place as a tight head prop for the Wallabies.

*I am currently unavailable for coaching* Growing up in Tonga as a huge Wallabies fan, I brushed other opportunities aside with that Wallabies jersey in sight. In 2017, that dream became a reality when I was selected for my first test against Scotland. I started my Australian career with Brothers before being selected in the senior Reds squad and then the Wallabies. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to play alongside and learn from some of the best players in the game. I have also been coached by some amazing mentors and can't wait to pass on this knowledge to the next generation of rugby stars. I am passionate about fostering a love for rugby union and helping athletes reach their goals. Playing rugby has opened so many doors for me and I am excited to share my experiences with those keen to improve their skills whether for their own professional career or for enjoyment.


  • General Rugby Skills
  • Tackling
  • Front Row Specialist
  • Scrummaging
  • Ruck and Maul
  • Line Out Lifting
  • Mentoring
  • Game Play


  • QLD Working with Children Card expiry 04/08/2023

Coaching Locations

  • Ballymore Stadium, 91 Clyde Road, Herston, Brisbane, QLD 4006, AU
  • Brothers Rugby Club, 103 Crosby Road, Albion, Brisbane, QLD 4010, AU

Session Types

One-on-One Coaching 60 MINS $300

Small Group up to 10 athletes 60 MINS $500


Stephanie - 03-04-2021

Taniela is the ultimate professional, as well as friendly and warm - a great coach for our sons. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting a fun engaging sportsman. The best part was he enjoyed coaching as much as the boys loved listening to him. He has a true love of the game.

Matt - 30-01-2021

Taniela was awesome. He listened to what I wanted to work on and adapted the training session to suit. He took an active part in my training session and I even got to tackle my hero! He was down to earth, encouraging and made me feel comfortable straight away. Thanks again Taniela. I'll be back for more. Eli.

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