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Rugby League World Cup preview: Tonga to test world’s best


The Tongans have declared their intentions on going after the ‘big three’ at the 2013 World Cup. Like most nations in this year’s tournament they’re fielding their strongest ever line-up, with coach Charlie Tonga selecting a squad with ample NRL experience.

via Rugby League World Cup preview: Tonga to test world’s best | The Roar.

Full circle for Tonga’s Brent Kite


Brent Kite had not even played first grade when he made his debut in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup for Tonga.

At the time he was just looking for an opportunity to crack into the big time and he saw playing for Tonga as a great way to get experience and get his name out there.

via Full circle for Tonga’s Brent Kite – NRL.com.

Utah commit Pita Tonga – YouTube


Utah commit Pita Tonga – YouTube.

▶ Mate Ma’a Tonga 2013 _ Salesi Tonga – YouTube


▶ Mate Ma’a Tonga 2013 _ Salesi Tonga – YouTube.

▶ Mate Ma’a Tonga Interviews before 2013 RLWC – YouTube


▶ Mate Ma’a Tonga Interviews before 2013 RLWC – YouTube.

Fan favourites Tonga get rousing send-off


Otahuhu was a sea of red, as the Tongan rugby league team paraded through the South Auckland suburb today, before leaving for the World Cup.

Stacked with 20 NRL players and easy winners over Samoa earlier this year, Tonga could cause plenty of headaches for the top sides, including the Kiwis, whom they’re seeded to meet in the quarterfinals.

via Fan favourites Tonga get rousing send-off – League News | TVNZ.

Mate Ma’a Tonga confident


THE Mate Ma’a Tonga are confident they will emerge winners from group C which includes Scotland and Italy in the Rugby League World Cup to be held in England in two weeks.

According to the Tonga Daily News, thousands of Tongans, including the Crown Prince Tupouto’a, turned up in Nuku’alofa on Saturday, to meet the Mate Ma’a Tonga team.

via Mate Ma’a Tonga confident – Fiji Times Online.

Tonga winless at Gold Coast Sevens


Tonga’s Sevens team has come out empty handed in the Gold Coast Sevens tournament, failing to secure a win in the two-day event October 12-13. New Zealand won the tournament, defeating Tasman rivals Australia 40 -19 in the finals.

Team Tonga lost all of its five fixtures against New Zealand, Kenya, United States, Argentina and Portugal. The team was also scoreless in its pool matches against New Zealand and Kenya. They were outclassed by Kenya 38 – 0 and New Zealand 26 – 0.

via Tonga winless at Gold Coast Sevens | Matangi Tonga.

Tonga’s National Sports Federation receives TOP $400,000


The government of Prime Minister Tu’ivakano has proudly announced its financial contribution of TOP $400,000.00 to support sports Iin Tonga, including the Tongan Rugby Union team, the Tongan Rugby League team, and the Tongan Amateur Sports Association and National Olympic Committee.

Government says, the allocation of funds towards supporting the National Sports team will be as follows:

via Tonga’s National Sports Federation receives TOP $400,000 – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific.

Mate Ma’a Tonga players parade through Nuku’alofa


Tonga’s Rugby League Mate Ma’a Tonga players were paraded through Nuku’alofa today with large crowds of vocal fans by the roadside to support them.

The waving Mate Ma‘a Tonga players were accompanied by marching bands and floats filled with flag waving fans, and sound systems were booming with loud music. Some players walked on the road to pose for photos with fans. Two enthusiastic teams from New South Wales and Queensland were also part the parade.

via Mate Ma’a Tonga players parade through Nuku’alofa | Matangi Tonga.