The Houston SaberCats signed Fatongia Paea for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old loosehead prop (24 in April) is 6’0″ and 256 lbs.
Fatongia is from Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga, and lives in Auckland, New Zealand. He graduated from Sacred Heart College in Auckland and attended Marist University. He played club rugby for PUR Pakuranga from 2018 to 2020 and for Marist Rugby Club.
In 2020 he played in the Mitre 10 Cup for Auckland in one match, before switching to North Harbour for the Bunnings National Provincial Championship in 2021. There he also played in one match, but in 2022 he played 371 minutes in 7 matches, starting 6.