The mangled versions of Chiefs prop Angus Ta'avao's surname make for excruciating listening.

Alongside teammate Lachlan Boshier - whose surname is also commonly mispronounced - Ta'avao runs through how not to pronounce his name in the new Super Rugby Say My Name video.

Light-hearted as the video may be, Ta'avao and Boshier are fronting an issue which remains an embarrassing problem in 2019.


The mispronunciation of Pasifika and Māori names (as well as names like Boshier) continue to be disappointing not just for owners of mangled names, but for those who value what a name represents. The problem is