February 2022

The Fire and the Fury of Fuifui

Fuifui Moimoi brought the fire and the fury to the NRL for a decade, but eight years later he's still going strong in England.

The legs, tree trunks. The hair, unmistakeable. The wind up and collision, trademark. 

In the rugby league world, Fuifui Moimoi is unmistakable. To call him a cult hero would be a disservice. 

201 games in the NRL, playing as a prop at a height of six feet, with a style that cast aside any form of self preservation, nets him legend status.

Fuifui made his NRL debut for Parramatta 18 years ago, and from the moment he pulled on the blue and gold, fans were enamoured.

In the 10 metre era, no prop, before or since has wound up like the Tongan wrecking ball.

You’ll get the odd wind up here and there, usually off a kick off or line drop out, but no one is running almost flat out by the time they get the ball and then careening into a set defensive line.

Fuifui Moimoi brought the fire and the fury to the NRL for a decade, but eight years later he's still going strong in England . . .

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1 comment

  1. It has to also be remembered that he was quick, not just for big man but quick. Sports scientists made observations on his phisicality. He could accelerate from a jogging pace to 26 km/h within two seconds, it was reported that Moimoi is hitting the defence with a force of more than 14G. 1G of pressure is the measure of acceleration due to gravity. By comparison fighter pilots experience forces of 9G. A pressure of 4 to 6G is enough to induce blackout. Who would want to be tackling Fui, unless they were being paid danger money?

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