Tonga defeated but not disgraced against New Zealand

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Most of the pre-match talk was about whether the All Blacks were ready for knockout rounds, whether they were a bit off their rhythm or staggering into another World Cup let-down. On the basis of tonight’s performance against Tonga in Newcastle, the critics may be right. I don’t often get to watch New Zealand play, […] READ MORE


World Cup Pool C: Tonga Back on Track

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Tonga 35 Namibia 21 It has been a long wait for Tonga to right the wrongs from game one. Following on from the weekend where the host’s tournament may already be almost over, it feels like the Pacific Islanders’ involvement has just begun. Following a disappointing and surprising defeat against Georgia at Kingsholm in Gloucester, […] 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