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Setefano Funaki

Originally from Tofoa, Tonga, the 29-year-old has grown up playing and being around the game of rugby. His highOriginally from Tofoa, Tonga, the 29-year-old has grown up playing and being around the game of rugby. His high-performance career began in New Zealand though, playing for Waipu Rugby, as well as Auckland and Bay of Plenty’s development squads. Progress within those programs then landed him a spot on the Northland Rugby High Performance squad, and eventually suited up in their Mitre 10 Cup season in 2018. Funaki made the jump in 2019 to Northland’s side for the Bunnings NPC, New Zealand’s premier domestic competition. The Tonga-New Zealand eligible forward has been playing for Northland’s top side since 2019 and was called into the ‘Ikale Tahi squad for his first cap in Fall of 2021. He faced England and the Barbarians alongside his Tongan teammates in the United Kingdom. Upon his return to New Zealand, he was awarded Northland’s 2021 Development Player of the Year award. The 6’4, 242 lbs. lock and loose forward options adds more professional experience, height, and physicality to the Seawolves for the remainder of the 2022 season.-performance career began in New Zealand though, playing for Waipu Rugby, as well as Auckland and Bay of Plenty’s development squads. Progress within those programs then landed him a spot on the Northland Rugby High Performance squad, and eventually suited up in their Mitre 10 Cup season in 2018. Funaki made the jump in 2019 to Northland’s side for the Bunnings NPC, New Zealand’s premier domestic competition. The Tonga-New Zealand eligible forward has been playing for Northland’s top side since 2019 and was called into the ‘Ikale Tahi squad for his first cap in Fall of 2021. He faced England and the Barbarians alongside his Tongan teammates in the United Kingdom. Upon his return to New Zealand, he was awarded Northland’s 2021 Development Player of the Year award. The 6’4, 242 lbs. lock and loose forward options adds more professional experience, height, and physicality to the Seawolves for the remainder of the 2022 season.

Position Lock
Height 6'4
Weight 242 lbs.
Hometown Tofoa, Tonga