Sione Vatuvei

Sione Talikavili Vatuvei[1] (born 14 March 1983), also known by his middle name Talikavili or Kavili, is a Tongan-born Japanese rugby union footballer. He represented Japan at the 2003 Rugby World Cup.[2] His preferred position is blindside flanker.

Sione Vatuvei
Full nameSione Talikavili Vatuvei
Date of birth (1983-03-14) 14 March 1983
Place of birthNukuʻalofa, Tonga
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb; 220 lb)
SchoolNelson College
Notable relative(s)Luatangi Vatuvei (brother), Manu Vatuvei (cousin)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Youth Career
2004–2008 Takushoku University
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2014 Sanyo/Panasonic Wild Knights 57 (75)
2014–2018 Toyota Industries Shuttles 36 (45)
2018–present Kubota Spears 0 (0)
Correct as of 15 January 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–2011 Japan 8 (10)
Correct as of 7 December 2016

He plays in the Top League for Toyota Industries Shuttles[3] in Kariya Aichi where he currently resides.

Vatuvei was educated at Nelson College in New Zealand between 1999 and 2001.[4] He is the youngest brother of former Japanese Rugby union footballer Luatangi Vatuvei. He is also the cousin of former Tongan-New Zealand Rugby league player Manu Vatuvei.


  1. "ESPN Rugby Stats". ESPN. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  2. Van der berg, Wim. "The Extraordinary Book of South African Rugby".
  3. "Toyota Shokki Shuttles". Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  4. "Full school list of Nelson College, 1856–2005". Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006 (CD-ROM) (6th ed.). 2006.
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