Samoa Mourns the Passing of Rugby Legend LOLANI KOKO


Samoa is mourning the passing of Manu Samoa legend Misa Lolani Koko who also represented Samoa in Rugby League.

Lolani Koko played for the Manu Samoa between 1983 and 1994 and was known for his his combination of speed and power on the field, and his leadership deeply rooted in Culture and Christianity.

An alumni of Avele College, he played his local rugby for Moataa and moved to New Zealand in the early 1990s where he starred for Wellington prior to rugby becoming professional.

Lolani Koko was dangerous with ball in hand, blessed with both power and speed. Behind him in support play is Andy Aiolupo.

Koko scored 11 tries for Wellington in the 1992 NZ NPC season.

He was invited to trial for the All Blacks but decided to stick with Samoa.

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He represented Samoa in both 15s and 7s and was part of the Samoa team who won the Hong Kong 7s in 1993 where he was  named the Man of Honour of the Hong Kong 7s.

He also spent time with the Boroondara Rugby Club in Australia.

Lolani Koko switched to rugby league at the start of the 1995 season. He joined the Sydney City Roosters in the Australian Rugby League competition.

Lolani Koko was part of the Western Samoa squad at the 1995 World Cup.

His death was confirmed by President of Manu Samoa Former Players, Fainuulelei Matamua Filipo Saena.

Though an official notice has not been put out by the family, tribute messages are already flooding Social media, as Samoa mourns the loss of a sporting legend.