Rugby World Cup
July 17, 2011 by staff
Rugby World Cup, Former Finau Maka executor Toulouse, captain likely Tonga World Cup rugby this year, has signed for French club Pamiers fifth division. “It will be a new challenge for me to watch rugby in Federale level 3,” admitted the 34-year-old, who signed Pro D2 team Aix-en-Provence.
“I signed for one year and is expected to reach Federale 2 next season.” To Maka, who played for Toulouse from 2001 to 10 titles won European Cup in 2003, 2005 and 2010 and the French league in 2008, the level will certainly be a step down from the heights of the World Cup high French and euro flight rugby.
Pamiers play in the pool of seven Federale 3, the fifth division, and the Top 14 and Pro D2 highest professional divisions.
The club has developed against Saverdun, Saint Paul les Dax, Bassin d’Arcachon, Nogaro, Libourne, slips, Biscarosse, Mauvezin and beans for the 2011-12 season.
The club said that “the trip will be at risk of being a little more,” the journey was far from being a walk of 374 km of Biscarosse on the Atlantic coast.
The season opener is at home against Libourne, but the derby Saverdun falls on November 6, a game should be available to Maka, the World Cup that runs from September 9 to October 9.
Maka, Tonga coach’s brother and former All Black Isotolo Maka, a latecomer to international rugby, only making his international debut at the age of 30 years in the 2007 World Cup in France.
He had qualified for Les Bleus over the residence time for the 2007 tournament, but was rejected by then-coach Bernard Laporte, and so returned to Tonga, from where he had moved to New Zealand as a child and spent fours seasons in the Super 14.
As it turned out, scored the opening try Maka in the first game of his team against the U.S., and also played against Samoa, South Africa and England, establishing himself and his fellow combatants backrowers of Tonga as a units stand-tournament.
An imposing figure at 6’2 “and 242 pounds, No. 8 enjoyed some fame in the tournament not only for its impact on the pitch but his big afro, which has been stripped.
Maka life in Toulouse was interrupted last year after his participation in a well-publicized courtcase during which he spent 24 hours in police custody.
A court in Toulouse on charges of operating a Tunisian immigrant who lived in a shed in his garden and worked for him illegally eventually found him not guilty.
Maka was accused of submitting illegal residence in unacceptable conditions, employing a foreigner without legal documents and forcing him to work on the black market.
However, the Tonga international had denied the charges, saying he had acted out of charity in the Tunisian poor job and the food.
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