Who is Rugby Union Player Mele Hufanga?
Mele Hufanga is a New Zealand-born rugby union player who pledges loyalty to the Marist Rugby Club.
The 28-year-old plays in the midfield position for the Auckland-based club. Mele Hufanga, who switched to the Ponsonby Ponies, was called up to the New Zealand women's rugby league team for the 2022 Rugby League World Cup.
Hufanga played for Counties Manukau in 2020; she was in the Blues Super Rugby squad for 2022 before becoming a staple for the Auckland side competing in the Farah Palmer Cup.
To demonstrate her versatility in playing the 13-a-side code, Hufanga piled up 30 points during Tonga's 66-8 victory against Niue in a rugby league Test held at Mt Smart Stadium in 2020.
In rugby league, she has competed at the international level for Tonga. Hufanga led the Tongan rugby union team to victory at the 2022 Oceania Championships.
However, it was the 28-year-play old's for the Ponies in the ARL tournament later in the year that led to her selection for New Zealand's World Cup squad.