Richie Mo’unga Biography

Richie Mo’unga is a New Zealand personality and a professional rugby union player. He plays as the first five-eighth for Japan Rugby League [One club Toshiba Brave Lupus] and the international team of New Zealand. Mo’unga is one of the most impact players in the ongoing Rugby World Cup 2023. 

Richie Mo’unga Bio, Age, Height, Parents, Wife, Net Worth & More

Richie Mo’unga was born on 25th May 1994 in Christchurch to parents whose father is a Tongan-born and his mother is a Samoan-born. He received his primary education from Riccarton High School in his hometown. The school management offered a scholarship and then he went to St. Andrew’s College, where he was in the team of under-15 in 2009.

Richie played the first 15 rugby for three years, and during his senior years, he captained the team in 2012. After completing college, he began playing for Linwood in the local Canterbury senior club rugby competition while being a member of the Canterbury Academy.


Richie was a team member of New Zealand Under-20 for international games. He finished at the 3rd place in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand, where he scored 29 points in five games.

Richie once represented the Barbarians against New Zealand on 4th November 2017, scoring 7 points. After finishing the match with the Barbarians, he joined the northern tour consisting of All Blacks, where he could get the chance to enter the squad through his performance in the Mitre 10 Cup.

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He played his first match against France the midweek game from New Zealand. He came out as a replacement in the second half during that match. But this match was not counted as his official test match.

Rise to Fame

It was the France test series, and Mo’unga stood against the French side in his debut game on 23rd June 2018. In the match, he replaced Damian McKenzie in the 69th minute. The All-Black team won the game by 49-14.

On 8th September 2018, he began with his first-ever match for New Zealand during round 3 of the competition. His All-Blacks team won the match 46-24 against Argentina, where Richie scored 16 points. He missed only one kick during the night match, which lasted 80 minutes.

On 28th August 2019, Richie was selected as one of the 31 members of New Zealand’s squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. He was recognized as the first five-eighth in the squad. After starting as the first five-eighth in the squad, he won the honor of “Man of the Match” award against Canada.

In the quarter-finals, the All-Blacks team, including Mo’unga, played against Ireland and knocked the Ireland team out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, eventually reaching the semifinals. Then, in the semifinals, the team stood against England and lost the match 19-7. For the third place play-off round, Mo’unga was retained, and his presence led the team to victory over Wales with 40-17.

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Richie Mo’unga Biography

Real Name Richard Fou’a Mo’unga
Birth Date 25 May 1994
Age (as of 2023) 29 Years
Birth Place Christchurch, New Zealand
Profession Rugby Union Player
Qualification Graduate

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 10” – in Centimeters – 179 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 85 kg  –  in Pounds –  187 lbs
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown


Father Saimone Mo’unga
Mother Lila Mo’unga

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Who is his wife? Sophie Vieceli 
Children Two

Personal Life

Richie Mo’unga, at age 25, decided to stay connected forever with his long-time partner and girlfriend, Sophie Vieceli. The couple said “I do” for each other and walked down the aisle on 07/12/2019 in a ceremony in Christchurch over the weekend. The church where they got married is situated at the school that Mo’unga attended from 2009 to 2012.

On 17th December 2018, the couple went on Instagram to share their images while being together, holding hand-in-hand. Sophie Vieceli celebrates her birthday on 2nd June, and after marriage, Richie Mo’unga wishes her “happy birthday” in a romantic way, posting an image of marriage. He used to call his wife “Soph”.

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The couple gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Billie Marie Mo’unga. She was born on 16-08-2020. Richie posted the image of his newborn daughter on Instagram on 23rd August 2020.

Then, in 2021, the couple gave birth to another child, a son named Marley Louie Mo’unga. After a week, he posted the image with his family, including two kids and himself.

Social Life

Richie is available on Instagram with a verified handle name – @richiemounga, where he has 208K followers, 1,425 following members, and 293 posts. Out of those posts, he has uploaded images of his work, his stadium, where he plays rugby, and a lot of other pictures with family. He had his first post on Instagram on 6th January 2014, when he uploaded an image of his face, and he was looking like Michael Jackson’s.

Richie Mo’unga Net Worth

No description of Mo’unga’s net worth is available on any official website like Celebrity Net Worth. He has been playing since 2013, and it has been a decade that he is committed to rugby games. Indeed, he might be earning enough for himself and his family.


  • As a leisurely time pass, he plays the piano.
  • He married his long-time partner in the church at the school where he studied from 2009 to 2012.

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