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Saturday 30 August 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Kefilini Tu‘alau (19) and Margaret Tupou (25) are ground-breaking pioneers in Tonga Heavy Weight Lifting. The two women became the first women ever to represent Tonga in the Super Heavy Weight Division during the 2003 Commonwealth, Oceania and South Pacific Heavy Weight Competition held in May. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 2, August 2003.
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Saturday 30 August 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga was placed seventh in the medal tally for the 22 countries that participated in the 12th South Pacific Games in Fiji in July. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 2, August 2003.
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Saturday 30 August 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The rumour that two Tongan Rugby League stars, Lesley Vainikolo and Tevita Vaikona who are currently playing for the Bradford Bulls, in the United Kingdom may play for the ‘Ikale Tahi at the coming Rugby Union World Cup could become a reality according to Jim Love, the ‘Ikale Tahi’s coach. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 2, August 2003.
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Saturday 30 November 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Named Man of the Match in a rugby league test between Tonga’s Mate Ma‘a Tonga and the NSW Universities, was Paula Fukofuka (28), a promising young Tongan full-back. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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Saturday 30 November 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
If money talks, then what professional sports people are saying these days is that soccer will replace rugby as Tonga’s national sport in the near future. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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Saturday 30 November 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Re-stringing tennis rackets is a rare kind of service to be found in Tonga, but it is provided by Siosifa and Donna Taumoepeau, who live in Longolongo. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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Saturday 30 November 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The executive members of the Tonga Rugby Football Union are facing the difficult task of restructuring Tongan rugby and fostering the image of Tonga as a great rugby nation. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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Friday 30 August 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Judo champion ‘Epoki Faka‘osi was determined to add a Commonwealth Games medal this year to his achievements. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Australian Under-19 girls soccer team became the undisputed champion of Oceania after defeating New Zealand 6-0 at Tonga’s Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku‘alofa on Friday May 3. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s team for the South Pacific Games in Fiji next year will receive support worth $20,000, which has been pledged by the Managing Director of Colonial Insurance, Mike Walsh. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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Tuesday 25 September 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Bob Wallace the Secretary General of the International Rugby Board visited Tonga at the end of July, as part of a tour of Oceania that took him to Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 2, September 2001.
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Saturday 30 June 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The 6th Oceania Sumo Championship on June 1 brought a team of Japanese wrestlers to Tonga, meeting over 20 Tongan wrestlers in the event at the Queen Salote Hall in Nuku‘alofa. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The $52,000 in cash prizes given at the Jesus 2000 Rugby Tournament in January amounted to the biggest prize ever offered for rugby in Tonga. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Tuesday 30 January 2001

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Sumo Federation is starting off the 21st Century with a big bang. Two young Tongan wrestlers Tevita Taufa of Nomuka and Minaminoshima Falevai of Ha‘ateiho in early January joined professional Sumo wrestling stables in Japan, and at the same time a Japanese Sumo coach, Mr Miyazaki started coaching future Tongan Sumo wrestlers in Tonga. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
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Saturday 30 September 2000

Tokyo, Japan
Tonga came away from the second Junior Sumo World Championship that was held in Tokyo on August 19 with two medals—a silver for Kesomi ‘Aukafolau in the Open, and a Bronze for Minaminoshima Falevai, Middleweight.. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 3, September 2000.
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Monday 20 March 2000

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first Classic All Blacks Tour to Tonga on April 1 was organised by a new business called the Booking Office. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 1, March 2000.
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Monday 20 March 2000

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The relationship between the Tongan Rugby Union and South Africa will be further consolidated this year as more Tongans have been invited to study and to play rugby in South Africa. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 1, March 2000.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The King opened a new fitness centre at Haveluloto on August 13. Called ‘Inga Health and Fitness Gym, it is a business venture of Va‘inga Tuigamala, the former All Black winger, who turned professional and is now playing for the Manu Samoa. The gym has been set up in a renovated village hall. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
‘Ikale Tahi squad for 1999 Rugby World Cup announced. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Rugby Union has recruited a full-time Chief Executive Of­ficer, Lisiate ‘Akolo to oversee Tonga’s participation in the 1999 Rugby World Cup. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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