Newcastle Falcons legend Inga Tuigamala passes away aged 52 - Ruck

Newcastle Falcons legend Inga Tuigamala passes away aged 52

The rugby world has been paying tribute too Va’aiga Tuigamala after it was confirmed the powerhouse winger has passed away aged 52.

The dual-code Samoa international became a fan’s favourite on the terraces at the Falcons when he joined from Wigan in 1997.

Tuigamala had enjoyed five seasons with the Cherry and Whites, scoring 254 points in 102 appearances.

When rugby union became openly professional in 1995, Tuigamala was one of a number of former rugby union players who returned from rugby league. He played for London Wasps, winning the English Premiership, and later joined Newcastle Falcons in a world record £1m deal.

He scored a hat-trick on his third appearance for Newcastle against Moseley at Kingston Park and was an important part of the 1998 Championship-winning side, making 16 appearances that season. He then delayed an arm operation to put in a Man of the Match performance in the 2001 Cup Final.

Upon signing for the Falcons, teammate Doddie Weir called Tuigamala “simply the best rugby player in the world”

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