Saia ‘Uhila, a third-year lock for the Utah Warriors, grew up in Tonga playing 1st XV rugby for Liahona High School. Because of humble circumstances and limited family resources, ‘Uhila put his younger brother Loni’s dream of becoming a professional rugby player before his own. Loni, “The Tongan Bear,” played for the Hurricanes Super Rugby team and is now playing with Clermont in France.
‘Uhila finally began realizing his own dreams of playing professional rugby when he moved to the United States. He has captained both the Oceanside Chiefs and the East Palo Alto Bulldogs. He also played for the 2015 Northern California Pelicans Select team.
‘Uhila spent two seasons with the Utah Brothers in the Rugby Utah Men’s Premier Division. Again, as captain, his menacing figure on the field led his team to last year’s MPD final. On the back of that impressive MPD season, he was selected for both the Utah Selects and the Utah Islanders, who played the Saracens in Bermuda.