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Wednesday 11 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australian Wallaby lock Adam Coleman has opened up about his Tongan heritage in a recent interview with Rugby Australia. The 25-year-old 6'8 foot lock only debuted for the Wallabies this year. He plays his rugby for the Western Force in the Super Rugby competition.
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Thursday 15 December 2016

Sydney, Australia
The NRL has announced that Mate Ma'a Tonga front-rower Andrew Fifita, who currently plays for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, was issued a breach of notice with five days to respond. The notice comes after months of controversy surrounding Andrew Fifita's public support for a friend currently serving a 10-year jail sentence for manslaughter. Local reports state that Fifita is likely to receive a fine rather than a suspension.
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Monday 12 December 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Junior Fa scored an impressive 3rd round knockout win over his Argentine opponent Pablo Magrini on Saturday night in an undercard to the Parker vs Ruiz WBO championship event in Auckland.
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Thursday 8 December 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Uaine Fa Jnr. (aka Junior Fa) remembers defeating New Zealand’s champion fighter Joseph Parker back in 2012, in a qualifying amateur boxing competition for the London Olympics. Four years since that encounter, Fa is confident he can beat Parker again as a professional. In the meantime, this Saturday, Fa has an undercard bout at the Parker-Ruiz WBO heavyweight title event at the Vector Arena, Auckland. Interview by Finau Fonua.
Wednesday 7 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Move over Taekwondo, Pita Taufatofua is transitioning to another ‘cooler’ sport, cross-country skiing. Famously known as Tonga’s bare chested flag bearer at the Rio Olympics, the taekwondo athlete is taking up skiing in a bid to represent Tonga at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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Sunday 13 November 2016

Madrid, Spain
The ‘Ikale Tahi have won their first European test match, defeating Spain 28 – 13. The determined Spaniards gave the boys a run for their money, and were leading 3 – 0 in the 30th minute of the match. The ‘Ikale Tahi scored four converted tries in the form of Dan Faleafa, Fetu’u Vainikolo, Sonatane Takulua and Kali Hala. All tries were successfully converted by Sona Takulua.
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Friday 11 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Gridiron player, Caroline Soakai-Poulsen has her sights set on making the Australian Women’s Gridiron team one day . The 29-year-old plays defensive linesman for the reigning premier team, Gold Coast Stingrays in Queensland.
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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Newcastle, United Kingdom
Taione Vea has announced his retirement from professional rugby two months after suffering a spinal injury during a rugby match. The 27-year-old Prop who plays for the Newcastle Falcons in the English Aviva Premiership said, “I was left paralyzed for five or six minutes on the field, where I couldn’t feel my whole body. That is enough for anybody in a lifetime, and the risk of that happening again if I was to return to playing is quite high.”
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Monday 17 October 2016

Perth, Australia
Soa “The Hulk” Palelei completed a 24-hour fitness challenge on an exercise machine, helping to raise over $15,000 (AUD) for the annual Perth Telethon in Western Australia over the weekend.
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Thursday 13 October 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Former Mate Ma’a Tonga centre Solomone Kata will debut for New Zealand this Saturday October 15 against Australia in Perth. The Vava’u born 23-year-old was the top try scorer for his NRL team the New Zealand Warriors this year, scoring 15 tries in 21 games in the 2016 NRL season. He was announced as part of the Kiwis squad last week.
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Thursday 6 October 2016

Sydney, Australia
A 17-year old Australian boy of Tongan heritage, Tyrone Taukamo, is the most wanted rugby player in Australia according to local media reports. Tyrone has been approached by 15 of 16 NRL clubs, and has also received two offers from French Rugby clubs Bordeaux and Toulon. He is a graduate of Newington College, an acclaimed rugby school in Sydney.
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Friday 30 September 2016

London, United Kingdom
Kasete Naufahu Skeen’s dream of becoming the first Tongan alpine skier in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang is now his goal, after he recently quit his full time job to focus solely on skiing. He has launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover his training and estimates his Olympic campaign will cost at least £50,000.
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Thursday 29 September 2016

Leipzig, Germany
Tonga’s first ever Winter Olympian, Bruno Banani is unsure whether he will be able to represent Tonga again in Luge at the games in 2018 due to no funding and no sponsorship. He's currently playing rugby in Leipzig and promoting his documentary titled "Being Bruno Banani, The Flying Coconut".
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Tuesday 16 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Waving national flags in support of Tonga's Team at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Tongan supporters and sponsors organised a colourful float parade through central Nuku’alofa today, Tuesday 16 August - complete with dark, muscular men with oiled bodies. Photos by Linny Folau and Peter Poulsen.
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Sunday 14 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan 100m sprinter Siueni Filimone (21) did not start after reaching the heats of the elite men’s 100m sprint at the Rio 2016 Olympics this morning, Sunday 14 August.
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Friday 12 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“Good on Fiji! It’s something they’ve worked on - they have planned for and deliberately and methodically worked their way up to being our Olympic Gold medalists, so it’s not totally surprising to me,” said the Pacific Islands first Olympic medalist, Paea Wolfgramm today. "Fiji have done it the right way they’ve concentrated on building the sport up in their country," he told Matangi Tonga.
Tuesday 12 July 2016

Worcester, United Kingdom
Australian-Tongan athlete, Mo'onia Gerrard has been appointed as the new head coach of the Worcester Servern Stars, an English professional netball club participating in the UK based Netball Super League Tournament.
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Wednesday 2 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A parade to celebrate Tongan medalists who completed in the 2015 Pacific Games and 2015 Special Olympics in July was held this afternoon 2 September, in Nuku’alofa.
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Friday 6 February 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga High School ex-student Motekiai Langi from Kahoua, has been signed to play American football for Brigham Young University (BYU) in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Friday 7 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Archers, Lusitania Tatafu and Arne Jensen, are Tonga's hope for qualified athletes to represent the country at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), in Nanjing, China in August.
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