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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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Wednesday 12 October 2016

Christchurch, New Zealand
Josh Tonga, a 10-year-old New Zealand rookie boxer, won his first official fight in the Australian National Golden Gloves in Brisbane, Queensland last month. Josh won on points as he took out his Australian opponent to win the under 40kg novice class.
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Tuesday 11 October 2016

Cardiff, Wales
Substandard facilities and medical cover in Tonga and Samoa have caused the Welsh Rugby Union to reconsider the destinations of their summer tour next year according to Welsh media.
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Friday 7 October 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Tongan born New Zealander, Nailini Helu’s win of two Women’s heavyweight titles on 24 September against New Zealander kickboxer, Ange Davis, was short lived after a massive backlash on social media in the New Zealand Boxing Community. An appeal that was lodged after the fight declared the bout a draw.
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Friday 7 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new shooting range for Tonga’s emerging sport of clay shooting, where one shoots flying clay targets with a shotgun, was launched today at Mataki'eua Clay Target Range.
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Thursday 6 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Rugby Union (TRU) today named Siale Piutau as Captain to lead the 30 man 'Ikale Tahi squad to tour Europe next month playing three test matches in Spain and Italy.
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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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Friday 23 September 2016

Sydney, Australia
Velocity Trade Tonga Schools Rugby Team completed a successful tour of New South Wales, Australia, competing in three matches against NSW Catholic Combined Colleges, NSW Combined High Schools and BMW Australian Schools Barbarians, coming away with two wins and a loss.
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Tuesday 20 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six swimmers stepped up to taking part in the inaugural 6km open water swim to Fafa Island on Saturday 17 September, initiated by the Malolo Swim Club. Supporters including Tonga’s famous Olympic flag bearer, Pita Taufatofua, wished them well at Faua Wharf as they prepared for the challenge.
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Tuesday 20 September 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tonga’s Ana Talakai (31) and Sione Manu (37) achieved their personal bests at the Rio Paralympics in Rio in the Javelin Throw and Shot Put events.
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Monday 12 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tonga Navy team won the Inaugural Services Swimming Championship, held at the Masefield Naval Base, Touliki on Friday, 9 September.
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Monday 5 September 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tonga’s first female Olympic swimmer, Irene Prescott, counts her experience in Rio as invaluable saying “it was an extreme challenge and nerve racking to race with the best swimmers in the world”. The experience has inspired her to continue on her journey of improving her swimming technique and to compete in future world competitions.
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Monday 5 September 2016
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Para-athletes Sione Manu and ‘Ana Talakai will represent Tonga at the Rio Paralympic Games, set to begin this Wednesday September 7. Both athletes are competing in the Javelin throw. Tonga has participated in every Paralympic Games since the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, but this time Tonga is sending more than one athlete to compete.
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Monday 5 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s first mini skateboarding park, purpose built for Tongan youth at Puke on Tongatapu, is proving very popular with the local neighbourhood kids who skateboard daily. The park helps to deter kids from drifting into unlawful activities and to develop skills, that might lead them to compete in future skateboarding competitions overseas. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Friday 2 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first meeting of a High Performance Unit with National Federations was held on Thursday, 1 September in Nuku’alofa and attended by 18-year-old Tongan Olympian Karoline Lusitania Tatafu, the first female archer to represent Tonga at the Rio Olympics.
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Thursday 25 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A cheque for $7,000 pa’anga to help the Tonga National Women's Rugby Sevens Team take part in the Oceania Sevens Tournament in Fiji later this year, was donated by the Chinese Ambassador HE Mr Huang Huaguang today, 25 August.
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Sunday 21 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s famous flagbearer Pita Taufatofua (32) was the last of Tonga’s athletes to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic early this morning (Tonga time) in the Round of 16 Taekwondo Men +80kg. He commented on Instagram: "Felt soo privileged to get out on those mats and represent Tonga!"
Thursday 18 August 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Teenage swimmer Tupou Neiufi (15) from Auckland has been summoned to join the New Zealand Paralympic team in next month’s Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a reserve Tupou Neiufi was a late call up to take the place of Kiwi swimmer Bryall McPherson, who withdrew last week due to injury.

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