Koliniasi Holani

Ryu Koliniasi Holani (ホラニ 龍コリニアシ, Horani Ryu Koriniasi, born 25 October 1981) (born 25 October 1981) is a Tongan born, Japanese professional Rugby union player.[1] He is the nephew of the former Japan international Nofomuli Taumoefolau[2]

Ryu Koliniasi Holani
Birth nameKoliniasi Holani
Date of birth (1981-10-25) 25 October 1981
Place of birthTonga
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight111 kg (17 st 7 lb)
SchoolFukaya High School
UniversitySaitama Institute of Technology
Notable relative(s)Nofomuli Taumoefolau (uncle)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8 / Flanker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010− Panasonic Wild Knights 72 (95)
Correct as of 15 January 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008– Japan 45 (110)
Correct as of 25 June 2016

He plays at number eight for Top League club Panasonic Wild Knights.[3]

He moved to Japan on a study abroad programme from Tonga and attended High School in Saitama, Japan at age 16. Holani is fluent in Japanese.[4]

Holani has played 42 tests for the Japan national rugby union team.[5] He earned his 40th cap in the 2015 Pacific Nations Cup in their match against the United States.[6]


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