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Friday 24 February 2017

Dunedin, New Zealand
Tongan-born prop Siate Tokolahi (24) will debut for the Otago Highlanders tonight against the Waikato Chiefs in Dunedin. He has played in the Super Rugby competition since 2014.
Friday 24 February 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Heavy weight boxer Junior Fa is in Alabama, preparing for his undercard to Deontay Wilder's highly anticipated WBC title defence against Gerald Washington this Saturday, 25 February. The undefeated Junior Fa (9 wins - 0 losses) will fight a southpaw from Virginia, Keith Barr (17 wins - 10 losses).
Monday 13 February 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Tributes are flowing in for Tongan-born Sione Lauaki who tragically passed away on Saturday from kidney failure. His former club, The Waikato Chiefs, stated on Twitter "Rest in peace Sione, always a Chief...our thoughts and prayers are with Sione’s family and friends and with the entire Chiefs whanau as today we have lost a brother."
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Wednesday 8 February 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Junior Fa's journey to become the first Tongan world champion has reached a crucial point after signing a 3-year-contract with one of boxing's biggest promoters Lou DiBella - who announced the signing three days ago, stating ""The physically imposing Junior Fa has the size and skills to make an impact in an era of heavyweight giants".
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Thursday 2 February 2017

Baltimore, USA
Baltimore Ravens star Ronnie Stanley (of Tongan Descent) is encouraging Baltimore residents to adopt homeless canines from dog shelters. Ronnie himself adopted a homeless Pitt Bull named "Lola" last year.
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Wednesday 1 February 2017

Perth, Australia
Wallaby prop forward, Tatafu Polota-Nau (31), will debut for Perth's Western Force in the 2017 Super Rugby season. Tatafu had been playing for the New South Wales Waratahs since 2006 when he first entered the Super Rugby tournament.
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Thursday 19 January 2017

Honolulu, Hawaii
The inaugural Polynesian Bowl will kick off this Saturday, January 21 at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. The 2017 Polynesian Bowl will feature two teams made up of elite football players of Pacific Islander heritage from high schools around the United States.
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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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