Kina Malafu joins Austin Elite Rugby

Austin, TX - Austin Elite Rugby Management announces the signing of Vekekina Fokelelei Malafu in the #11 wing position for the 2018 Major League Rugby season.

Known as the ‘Flyin Hawaiian,' Kina Malafu is a native of Maui. He has been playing rugby since age 13 with Maui Rugby, but was a football and track athlete in high school, earning a state title in hurdles.

In 2013, Kina earned a football scholarship to Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. He returned to competitive rugby in 2014 at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania where he will graduate in December as the first member of his family to earn a bachelor's degree. A two-time All American and an Honorable Mention in D1A 15's, he also played 7's with the Ramblin Jesters and at nationals with the Austin Huns. In 2017 he was selected for a reserve position on the USA Selects.

"Kina's speed and work ethic are an asset to Austin Elite Rugby," says Thierry Daupin, General Manager.

Of his signing, Kina says, "I'm simply privileged to continue playing rugby professionally with Austin Elite where I believe I can up my game to its peak performance."

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