, playing name of Otenili Langilangi
(born 19 February 1982) is a Tongan rugby union
footballer. He currently plays for the NEC Green Rockets
in the Japan Top League. He has also captained the Tonga
national rugby side at international level, and has played for the Pacific Islanders
on their tour to Great Britain
. His usual position is flanker.
Latu started his rugby at Bay of Plenty
in the Air New Zealand Cup
. He made his debut for the Chiefs in 2005 in a match against the Sharks
. He made his debut for Tonga
on June 4, 2006 against Japan. He then played against Fiji, and in his third Test, skippered Tonga against the Junior All Blacks, and then against the Cook Islands. He was used as a replacement in the match against Samoa, and then captained the side against the second Test against the Cook Islands.
In late 2006 Latu was drafted into the Hurricanes squad as cover for All Black absentees Jerry Collins
and Rodney So'oialo
for the 2007 season. He played in the 2007 Rugby World Cup for Tonga where he was instrumental for their National Team. He also made a name for himself with his big tackles.