Widely recognised as one of the hardest tacklers in the game. he dubuted for Western Samoa in 1995 during a tour of the UK,catching the eye of Nigel Melville’s and was signed by Wasps in 1997, where he quickly became something of a cult figure for his uncompromising approach on the field of play, his colourful hair styles and his friendly nature off the pitch.
Fanolua played for Gloucester for ten years and became a member of the 100 league games club. Whilst at Gloucester he started in the 2003 Powergen Cup Final in which Gloucester defeated Northampton Saints.
In 1996, he left for the UK to take up a professional rugby league contract with Castleford Tigers. However, after one season, he moved codes to Bedford Blues, helping them achieve promotion to the premiership in 1998. In 1999 he moved to Gloucester Rugby, joining his cousin Fanolua. He remained there for five years, helping the club win the Powergen Cup in 2003, before leaving to rejoin Bedford as a coach in 2004.