All Blacks Creating a New Rugby Legacy

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In their rugby history, they have been unrivalled. They have a winning record against nearly every nation and have a love for this game that is longer than the Waikato River. It’s this love that makes New Zealand the rugby-mad country that they are. The current All Blacks set up is sharing this love and […] READ MORE



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


Much improved effort from the All Blacks

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New Zealand 47 Tonga 9 Attendance: 50985  (Half-time: 14 – 3) New Zealand – Tries: Cane, Milner-Skudder 2, Nonu, B Smith, Williams and Woodcock. Cons: Carter 6 Tonga – Pen: Morath: 3 __________________________________________________________________ In a much improved performance tonight from the New Zealand All Blacks, they were victorious in their final Pool C clash in […] READ MORE


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


All Blacks Team: Ma’a Nonu To Play 100th Test

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Media Release. The All Blacks team to play Tonga in their final Pool match of Rugby World Cup 2015 at St James’ Park, Newcastle, on Friday 9 October (Kick-off: 8.00PM) has been named, with midfielder Ma’a Nonu to play his 100th Test match. The team is: (with Test caps in brackets): Starting XV Tony Woodcock […] READ MORE


Argentina Rugby Hunt Down The Tongan Wolf Pack

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As the saying goes: the show must go on. Much like everyone else in England, I woke up this morning having to come to terms with the fact that our team has become the first World Cup host to go out in the pool stages. And that is with one game still to play, and […] 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


Can Tonga bounce back against Namibia?

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What a difference a week makes. Before the start of the tournament, the men from Tonga would have been quietly confident about challenging for a quarter final place. Now, the Pacific Islanders have it all to do to try and finish third in the pool to guarantee qualification for the next World Cup. Defeat at […] READ MORE


Tonga World Cup hopes halted by Georgian grunt

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Gloucester rose this morning to a layer of fog that threatened to subdue the second game of the World Cup. Fortunately by the time the teams lined up and Tonga had performed the Sipi Tau the sun had burst through and set the conditions perfectly for the opening game of Pool C.  From my position […] READ MORE