27th February, 2015
IS “PATZILLA” THE BIGGEST MAN IN RUGBY?
At 167kgs and 198cms, 29 year old Patrick Faatiiti is scarily big. In fact, he could well be the biggest Rugby player in the world. Waratahs giant Will Skelton tips the scales at 142kgs and Bill Cavubuti, who played for the Hurricanes in the ‘90s, was 160kgs, but “Patzilla” currently tops them both.
Born in New Zealand with Samoan heritage, Patrick played Rugby in the 1st XV for Otahu High School and 1st grade for Varsity club in Auckland as a lock or number 8. He then switched to League and played for Papatoi Panthers before moving to Australia. He got married to Ramona and they settled in Brisbane, where he played League for Sunnybank and the Sunshine Coast.
When Pat moved to Marsden, on the southern outskirts of Brisbane, his brother-in-law Jacob Matauia suggested he try his hand at Rugby with Bond – and here he is. It’s a long drive to training but he already feels it’s worth it.
Watching him at training, he’s surprisingly mobile for his size, but the affable giant admits he needs to shed “thirty of forty kilos” to get match-fit. Head Coach, Sean Hedger, can see his potential and has Pat on a strict diet and exercise regimen, which means cutting back on his favourite vegetable, taro. Not surprisingly, that was Jonah Lomu’s favourite food too.
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