12 Nov 2013

Sport: Moimoi says playing for Tonga at the World Cup meant a lot

1:12 pm on 12 November 2013

The Tongan front rower Fuifui Moimoi says it's been a special experience for him to come back and play for the Mate Ma'a.

The 34 year old put in a man of the match display in Tonga's 16-0 defeat of Italy on Monday, which brought their World Cup campaign to a close.

Moimoi was one of a number of ex New Zealand and Australian internationals to turn out for Tonga at the tournament, along with skipper Brent Kite and Sika Manu.

He says it meant a lot to give something back to the country of his birth.

"We've been talking about, a few of the older boys, to come back and give something back for Tonga. I know for [Brent] Kite and myself and Jason Taumalolo and a few of the young boys they turned their back from the Kiwis, and Konrad Hurrell. It's an honour to come back and play for our country and hopfully we move forward from this tournament and the next World Cup become stronger."

Fuifui Moimoi says with the Mate Ma'a eliminated the players will be supporting their Pacific brothers Fiji and Samoa in the knockout rounds.