Tongan International Kurt Morath adds experience and flare to the Warriors dangerous backline
Salt Lake City, UT (April 16, 2018) –The Utah Warriors announce the signing of Tonga’s all-time leading point scorer, Kurt Morath for the 2018 season of Major League Rugby.
“I’ve seen some exciting things happening in Utah, and I can’t wait to to join them!” said Morath. “The local community have shown some great support in the first two home games and the energy is absolutely electric. I’m looking forward to working hard with my teammates and providing some exciting rugby for Warrior Nation”.
Morath was born in Auckland, New Zealand and like most kiwis, dreamed of becoming a professional rugby player. As a teen Morath played for Hamilton Boys High School and impressed at the representative level for Taranaki, eventually making the New Zealand u21 squad in 2005.
“Kurt has played high level rugby from a very young age and not only brings an exceptional skill set, but also a massive wealth of knowledge, experience and tactical appreciation for the game” – Head Coach Alf Daniels
After two seasons playing in the Mitre 10 Cup, Morath took his talents to Spain where he played for Seville and caught the attention of Tongan selectors. In November 2009, Morath made his International debut for Tonga and has since played in two Rugby World Cups, 31 tests and is the Tongan all-time highest points scorer.
Most recently, the 6 ft 200 lb Flyhalf has played in France with Biarrtiz Olympique and in Japan with Tokyo Gas. Morath will join the Warriors on April 18th, just days before the Warriors first match at the new Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman.
“We are excited to have this very talented player join our squad,” said Head Coach Alf Daniels. “Kurt has played high level rugby from a very young age and not only brings an exceptional skill set, but also a massive wealth of knowledge, experience and tactical appreciation for the game. He is a specialist goal kicker as well and this will add another strength to our team. We expect him to settle in quickly and he should be available to play almost immediately.”
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