Tonga Rugby Names Team to Face New Zealand

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Tonga Rugby Head coach Mana ‘Otai has named his team to face New Zealand this Friday in their final pool match of the Rugby World Cup. Captain Nili Latu will lead out a side that is looking to finish the pool round with determination and heart. The team is largely unchanged from the team to […] READ MORE


Tonga World Cup Preparations Continue

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TONGA WORLD CUP PREPARATIONS CONTINUE Nottingham 14 Tonga 69 Tonga asserted their international credentials with a resounding win in their first Rugby World Cup warm-up game against Championship side Nottingham. This margin of victory further supports the idea that Tier Two nations are being disadvantaged by the composition of international fixtures, as I have explored […] READ MORE


Press Release: Tonga Announces 31st Member of World Cup Squad

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With the World Cup just a few weeks away, and Tonga Rugby making final preparations for the tournament with a tour of Romania, the team has announced an additional player who has been added to the squad. Newcastle Falcons based lock Uili Kolo’ofa’i is the final member of the squad expected to begin the 2015 […] READ MORE


Tonga Keep Nottingham at Bay

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In their first ever international match, hosts Nottingham Rugby welcomed Tonga Rugby to the Lady Bay Stadium in a World Cup warm up fixture on Friday night. In front of what was expected to be a sell-out crowd, both teams entered the arena of atmosphere and took to the pitch, promising onlookers with hard-hitting rugby. […] READ MORE


Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Preview: Tonga v Nottingham

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On Friday evening Tonga play their first Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Greene King IPA Championship side Nottingham RFC, in what will be the host’s first ever game against an international team. For Nottingham this represents a great opportunity to face quality opposition in the run-up to the start of the league season, with […] READ MORE


Absolute Flanker 18 August – Tonga Rugby Interview

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WELCOME TO ABSOLUTE FLANKER: A RUGGER’S SHOW Absolute Flanker is the Rugby radio show covering all things from around the world, from domestic and European club rugby to the Six Nations and the World Cup. Join Molly and Rob every week on Last Word Radio. Also follow us on twitter at @LWOSFlanker and like our Facebook […] READ MORE


Tonga: Pacific Nations Cup And Beyond

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The build up to this year’s World Cup arguably began in 2009 when it was announced that it would be hosted by England. However I have only recently started to get properly excited about the tournament, perhaps with the start of the warm-up internationals and squad announcements that now make it feel real. The reality […] READ MORE


Tongan Confidence High Prior to Scotland Test

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The Tongan team is approaching this weekends test feeling confident about their chances against Scotland in Kilmarnock. After a successful series to date, with wins over both Georgia and the USA, the team has appeared to be solid, cohesive and focused unit. There have been visible improvements in the team from both tests, with strong […] READ MORE


'Ikale Tahi Clip Eagles Wings

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Ikale Tahi have continued their strong performance in their end of year tour triumphing over the USA Eagles 40-12 at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester. In front of a vocal crowd of 8,949 both sides put on a solid performance, which served as a possible preview of the Rugby World Cup 2015 team Tonga may field. […] READ MORE


'Ikale Tahi Name Squad To Face Georgia

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The ‘Ikale Tahi team selected to play Georgia in Tbilisi at 5:00pm on the 8th of November has been selected, and promises to be a strong contender against the Europeans. A solid mix of experience, with players skilled in both European match play, and ITM Cup squads from New Zealand, the ‘Ikale Tahi squad will […] READ MORE