- Date of Birth2 Aug 1989
- BirthplaceHa'ateiho, Tonga
- Height1.83m (6' 0)
- Weight88kg (13st 12lbs)
Tonga international Atieli ‘Afa’ Pakalani joined Leicester Tigers in the opening weeks of the 2017/18 season after previous experience in Australia and New Zealand.
A former captain of Tonga Under-20s and a member of Australia’s Sevens programme, Pakalani won his first Test caps with Tonga against Pacific rivals Fiji and Samoa in the summer of 2017.
Comfortable across the back-three positions in the backline, Pakalani made his Super Rugby debut with the Waratahs as a teenager in 2011 and played for Auckland in the ITM Cup before making his Test debut against Samoa at Nuku A’lofa in 2017.