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Tonga Rugby

Postby Tautahi » Mon, 09 Jun 2014, 23:12

This for Ikale Tahi fans and non-fans. Pacific Rugby fans who love
Island Rugby and what Tonga as a small island nation, has to offer to world rugby in the years to come.

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Petelo » Tue, 10 Jun 2014, 00:47

Malo e me'a mai Tautahi. :thumbup:

Nice draw on the weekend. Nili Latu played well.

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Tautahi » Tue, 10 Jun 2014, 01:48

Malo aupito. Yea great first hitout we played fairly well for our first game this year , this week we have to prove ourselves against a strong fiji outfit who will be beaming with confidence.

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Tautahi » Thu, 12 Jun 2014, 07:30

Ikale Tahi Squad to face Fiji
‘Ikale Tahi:
1.Tevita Mailau
2.Suliasi Taufalele
3.Sila Puafisi
4.Joshua Afu
5.Lisiate Fa’aoso
6.Pasuka Mapakaitolo
7.Nili Latu (C)
8.Viliami Ma’afu
9.Samisoni Fisilau
10.Latiume Fosita
11.Alaska Taufa
12.Fraser Anderson
13.Siale Piutau
14.Otulea Katoa
15.David Halaifonua
Reserves:
16.Paula Ngauamo
17.Kamalielie Sakalia
18.Edmund Aholelei
19.Opeti Fonua
20.Viliami Fihaki
21.Sonatane Takulua
22.Fangatapu
23.Fetu’u Vainikolo

Same team that took the field against Manu Samoa coaches are probably looking for some continuity in the the combinations.
http://matangitonga.to/2014/06/12/tonga ... ns-lautoka

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Suavai » Thu, 12 Jun 2014, 08:09

what happened to Taumalolo and some of the other european based players?

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Tautahi » Thu, 12 Jun 2014, 08:45

Some were overlooked others had injuries they were nursing, and some just made themselves unavailable (Sona Taumalolo) .Coaches choose mostly fringe players for this tournament and a few senior players who made themselves available.

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Suavai » Thu, 12 Jun 2014, 09:39

damn that sucks :( did quite ok for fringe players vs samoa, not to sound arrogant but Samoa looked pretty shit, hope both teams improve. Tonga's fringe players much better than samoa's and just as good as an almost full strength samoa..........bodes ill for samoa, good for tonga to have more depth I suppose but still would like to of seen more of the senior players a lot of new names up there.

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Suavai » Sat, 14 Jun 2014, 06:00

Damn heard Tonga got hammered by fiji something like 45 to 17?

olivier

Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby olivier » Sat, 14 Jun 2014, 09:02

Fiji is finally becoming the tier one nation all rugby world was waiting for. They need world class props and they coud win the world cup.

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sat, 14 Jun 2014, 09:41

Report of the game from Fiji at http://fijilive.com/sports/news/2014/06 ... 9.Fijilive

It was 24 - 3 at halftime, 6 tries to Fiji in all.

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Beeman » Sat, 14 Jun 2014, 10:20

olivier wrote:Fiji is finally becoming the tier one nation all rugby world was waiting for. They need world class props and they coud win the world cup.

Do you have to post these sort of "x will become Tier 1 nation" and "y will drop out of the top 20" type reactions reactions to every match?

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sat, 14 Jun 2014, 12:02

Beeman wrote:
olivier wrote:Fiji is finally becoming the tier one nation all rugby world was waiting for. They need world class props and they coud win the world cup.

Do you have to post these sort of "x will become Tier 1 nation" and "y will drop out of the top 20" type reactions reactions to every match?

Highlights suggest some pretty sloppy defence from Tonga. OK Fiji still had to score the tries but Tonga made it easier.


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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Suavai » Sat, 14 Jun 2014, 12:52

Ser Podrick of Payne wrote:
Beeman wrote:
olivier wrote:Fiji is finally becoming the tier one nation all rugby world was waiting for. They need world class props and they coud win the world cup.

Do you have to post these sort of "x will become Tier 1 nation" and "y will drop out of the top 20" type reactions reactions to every match?

Highlights suggest some pretty sloppy defence from Tonga. OK Fiji still had to score the tries but Tonga made it easier.



shows how horrible samoa's attack is...........they cannot catch and pass and run lines just rely on forward power and penalties to hope to win it seems.

shite how old is Sireli? Like 40? watch grandpa run!!!

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Muzzy » Sun, 15 Jun 2014, 06:14

Suavai wrote:
Ser Podrick of Payne wrote:
Beeman wrote:
olivier wrote:Fiji is finally becoming the tier one nation all rugby world was waiting for. They need world class props and they coud win the world cup.

Do you have to post these sort of "x will become Tier 1 nation" and "y will drop out of the top 20" type reactions reactions to every match?

Highlights suggest some pretty sloppy defence from Tonga. OK Fiji still had to score the tries but Tonga made it easier.



shows how horrible samoa's attack is...........they cannot catch and pass and run lines just rely on forward power and penalties to hope to win it seems.

shite how old is Sireli? Like 40? watch grandpa run!!!


Yep Bobo officially became the oldest player to ever play for Fiji at 38 years old, he plans on retiring after next years world cup. In his youth I'd say he might be the fastest player I've ever seen other than Carlin Isles. I hope someone puts out footage of his tries for Wellington and the Pacific Islanders in 2004

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Petelo » Sun, 15 Jun 2014, 06:35

Suavai wrote:
shows how horrible samoa's attack is...........they cannot catch and pass and run lines just rely on forward power and penalties to hope to win it seems.


They all play better for their clubs / franchises. When they play for Samoa, they seem to be well below par. I can excuse the NH players because they travel to the other side of the world to play for samoa after a long NH season, but Leiua has been one of the form players for the Hurricanes this season. What is his excuse? maybe lack of coordination with the NH backs. Maybe the NH backs aren't used to things like ball in front of the man :D

Oh well, I guess a big positive is that they nullified the big strength of Italian rugby in the forwards. Castrogiovanni and Parisse weren't there, but they played samoa last year in June and got swept aside.

Alama Ieremia has control of the backs doesn't he? I hope he gets them ready for Fiji, otherwise if you give Fiji 2m to run, they'll score from the end of the field.

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Tautahi » Sun, 15 Jun 2014, 09:19

Fiji were the better team and they deserved this match. Its a hard thing getting six tries put against you but lessons should be learnt here, we needed to lose by a margin.Our defense was a joke at sometimes, and when we attacked we didn't have the urgency that was needed.One thing is our attack is outdated and needs to be changed. Hope is still there we have to do some major recruiting in some areas before World Cup time.

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Tautahi » Mon, 28 Jul 2014, 05:16

http://tvnz.co.nz/rugby-news/ex-all-bla ... tch-603949

This is gonna be a cracker hahaha let's see what we can do.

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby thatrugbyguy » Mon, 28 Jul 2014, 06:41

Link is broken but the article is there on the site. Interesting read!

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby iul » Mon, 28 Jul 2014, 06:54

thatrugbyguy wrote:Link is broken but the article is there on the site. Interesting read!

Well thanks for posting the correct one :x

http://tvnz.co.nz/rugby-news/ex-all-bla ... ch-6039491

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Beeman » Wed, 30 Jul 2014, 14:32

Epi Taione said that the pitch at Teufaiva Stadium was not graded as "international level". Possibly why they haven't hosted a game for like 6 years now.

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby 4N » Wed, 30 Jul 2014, 16:50

Tonga and Nuku'alofa are underdeveloped compared to even Fiji or Samoa. It's comparatively difficult to fly there, too. I think their best bet in the short term is to play home matches out of Auckland or Sydney.

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby 4N » Tue, 14 Oct 2014, 18:31

Some details about Jake White's appointment, and confirmation that Ben 'Peni' Tameifuna will play for Tonga in November: http://matangitonga.to/2014/10/14/jake- ... ching-team

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby amz » Tue, 14 Oct 2014, 21:34

I thought Tameifuna have a good chance to become an AB.

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Rowan » Thu, 16 Oct 2014, 10:22

The Tongans have already named him in their squad :thumbup: :twisted:

Meanwhile, Jake White's role will not extend beyond the Autumn tours, regrettably. I was hoping he'd be involved for the RWC next year...

- World Cup-winning coach Jake White will act as technical adviser to Tonga during the Pacific side's northern hemisphere tour in November, a team official said Thursday.

White, who guided South Africa to the 2007 World Cup, quit as coach of the Coastal Sharks in a surprise move last month after taking the Durban club to the Super 15 semi-finals.

Tonga's high-performance director Peter Harding said its rugby union decided to "have a lash" and ask White to join the tour – which includes matches against Georgia, Scotland and the USA – after hearing the 51-year-old was available.

"It'll be just a month where we'll try to suck him dry of information," Harding said.



http://news.yahoo.com/rugby-union-jake- ... 36458.html
If they're good enough to play at World Cups, then why not in between?

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Re: Tonga Rugby

Postby Tautahi » Sat, 28 Mar 2015, 19:57

I know it's been a long time but here is an Update on what's been happening with Tongan Rugby.

Tonga 7's put in a very disappointing showing this weekend in Hong Kong. Failing to progress towards the knockout stages, losing to Spain and Zimbabwe in the group stages and only managing to win against Guyana. A major reason for the decline in the 7's in Tonga .The High Performance program in Tonga is far behind that of Fiji and Samoa our local players are not getting the same opportunities to develop their rugby like our neighbors.So its back to the drawing board and hopefully we can live up to our potential in times to come.

Tonga A finished 5th overall in the recent PRC again very disappointing just above Junior Japan. The team was mostly local based with the odd few overseas based players. The positives we got out of this was the local players who will be contesting for RWC spots, names to mention Jack Ram and Frank Havea.

Ikale Tahi will commence preparation for RWC in July with camp in Tonga then will fly out to Canada via Fiji to compete in the Pacific Nations Cup to which they will return to camp in Tonga for final preparations before flying out to England.
Also some good news Nasi Manu has signed with Edinburgh for two years.This will allow him to be selected for Tonga if he makes himself available.

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