Friday 6th August 2010 KO 7.30pm
THE Twickenham Stoop will see the final event of legendary Samoa & Harlequins hooker, Tani Fuga's Testimonial year. Harlequins both current and of yesteryear will take on the Southern All Stars.
Following 10 years at Harlequins, Tani was deservedly awarded a Testimonial year by the club, and a number of events have been organised to raise money for his chosen charity, the Shooting Star Children's Hospice in Hampton, England.
Hoping to see out this final event with a Big Bang, you too can join in the celebrations if you're in and around London on the first weekend of August.
Confirmed players so far include:
- Jerry Collins
- Nick Evans
- Census Johnston
- David Lemi
- Seilala Mapusua
- Henry Paul
- Elvis Seveali'i
- Sailosi Tagicakibau
- Epi Taione
- Ace Tiatia
- Filo Tiatia
- Leslie Vainikolo
Tickets for the Big Bang Tani Fuga Testimonial Match on Friday 6th August 2010 at The Twickenham Stoop are only £10 [£5 concessions], and available via the following outlets:
In person at:
Twickenham Stoop Stadium, Langhorn Drive, Twickenham TW2 7SX
Over the phone by calling the Quins ticket Office on:
0871 527 1315
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE GATE
Harlequins hooker Tani Fuga seems to have been playing with the Harlequins team for so long, one can imagine he was born and raised in Twickenham, and spent his first months in quartered baby grows!
Born in Apia, Western Samoa on July 14 1973, he was raised by his grandparents, Iosia and Salavao Fuga, whom he proudly calls his mum and dad. Growing up as a kid in Samoa, rugby was the main sport that most of the kids were interested in and playing it on the beach was very popular.
In 1986 his family decided to move to Auckland, New Zealand for Tani to complete his studies: aged just 13, it was a whole new world with a new language to learn.
After graduating Tani continued playing in New Zealand, until in 1999 he landed a place in the Samoan national team, one of his proudest accomplishments. In 2000 he became interested in playing in the UK, choosing Quins because Keith Wood, one of his heroes, was playing for them too.
Making his debut against the London Wasps in September of 2000, Tani has been a fixture at the Stoop until his final club match on Saturday 8th May 2010 against Sale Sharks.
The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice is a locally based charity with well-established Harlequins connections. From before the Hospice was even built, Finbar Burke's pub The Windmill was raising funds for the charity; more recently Quinssa, the Quins Supporters Association, has long been collecting Christmas gifts and money for Harlequins players to take to the hospice Christmas parties.
At these wonderful events, it’s difficult to tell who’s enjoyed themselves more: the children, the hospice staff or the players!
When Tani was asked which charity he would like to support during his testimonial year, it wasn’t difficult for him to decide. The Shooting Star is all about families, and if there’s one thing that’s important to any Samoan, it’s family.
Tani knows how lucky he and his Natalie are to have three healthy children of their own and, despite having moved half way around the world from their original home, a new family in the form of a great number of friends.
The Shooting Star Children's Hospice provides care, support and advice for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families. These care services are offered free of charge to families, 365 days a year across the western half of London and north Surrey.
The Shooting Star Hospice motto, "Enhancing quality of life when every moment counts," is close to all human hearts.
A proportion of funds raised during this year of events celebrating Tani Fuga’s life and career will go to The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice.
The Shooting Star Children's Hospice is registered charity No. 1047916. To find out more about their work, click on the Shooting Star logo.