March 29, 2016
Kurt Morath Signs With PRO Rugby San Diego Team
Photo: Kurt Morath
One only needed to watch the 2015 Rugby World Cup to see the impact that Kurt Morath had for Tonga.
At the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Kurt Morath kicked 9 penalty kicks in helping Tonga qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. While Tonga won one Pool match against Namibia, Tonga was in a difficult bracket with Cup winner New Zealand and Argentina who finished fourth. Tonga also had close match that they lost against Georgia.
Kurt also played in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Tonga went 2-2 in Pool play with a 31-18 win over Japan and a more impressive 19-14 win over eventual Cup finalist, France.
When Kurt is on the pitch, other teams will not want to commit penalties within midfield. He will make teams pay otherwise. He also is a leader on the pitch playing flyhalf, a pivotal position. He makes other players around him better and will be a valuable player in this new League.
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PRO Rugby Press Release: March 29, 2016
“PRO Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of Kurt Morath to play for San Diego in the inaugural 2016 PRO Rugby season. Morath, a 31-year old fly-half was born in Takapuna, New Zealand and has played for New Zealand province Taranaki and most recently Biarritz in the French Top 14 competition. He has gone on to represent Tonga 30 times, including two World Cups in 2011 and 2015. He will provide leadership and a deadly boot to augment San Diego’s growing arsenal of talent.”