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Saturday 6 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Olympic flag bearer Pita Taufatofua became an instant internet sensation when he walked into the Opening Ceremony of the Rio Olympics today [noon-4:00pm Tonga time] dressed like a Tongan dancer glistening with oil. Pita's attracted a lot of attention for Tonga and also for his sport Taekwondo. After this he's sure to win some modelling contracts as the hottest man today in a town that's known for its appreciation of the body beautiful. Here's what Twitter and the news media are talking about:
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Friday 5 August 2016

Wellington, New Zealand
Four players of Tongan heritage in the Wellington Hurricanes are set to face the Johannesburg Lions in the 2016 Super Rugby final at Westpac Stadium in Wellington tomorrow night Saturday August 6. Loni ‘Uhila, Vaea Fifita, Willis Halaholo and Ngani Laumape are all fantastic, says their manager.
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Friday 22 July 2016

Christchurch, New Zealand
Australian-Tongan boxer Solomon Haumono was defeated last night by number one IBF contender and New Zealand champion Joseph Parker at the Horncastle fight arena in Christchurch, New Zealand. The fight was ended by a controversial stoppage in the fourth round.
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Wednesday 20 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The draw for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup was announced yesterday, July 19, by its organising committee. Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea have been confirmed as the hosts of the World Cup, from October 27 to December 2 next year. Tonga will play in pool B of the World Cup matched up against New Zealand, Samoa and Scotland.
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Friday 1 July 2016

Brisbane, Australia
Taniela Tupou, widely known as "Tongan Thor", will make his run on Super Rugby debut tonight with the Queensland Reds. The 20-year-old, 135kg prop who went to school in Auckland, New Zealand, hopes to play for the Wallabies in the future.
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Monday 27 June 2016
Apia, Samoa
Tonga’s Ikale Tahi lost its last game in the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) on Saturday to a determined Samoa going down 30-10 in Apia, Samoa. The loss puts Fiji and Samoa in leading contention for the two direct qualifying spots available for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
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Friday 24 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Former Wallabies winger, Cooper Vuna, was not able to inspire Tonga’s Sevens team at the Monaco Sevens last weekend, missing out on the last qualifying spot for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
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Tuesday 21 June 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
Heavyweight boxer Nailini Helu, a Tongan born New Zealander, won her second professional fight against Sarah Long by unanimous decision in New Zealand last Saturday and is now the leading contender for the New Zealand title.
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Friday 17 June 2016
Suva, Fiji
Tonga's 'Ikale Tahi team to play against Georgia on Saturday, 18 June in Suva was named by Head Coach Toutai Kefu today.
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Friday 17 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Sevens rugby team has enlisted the help of former Wallabies player, Cooper Vuna, to win their matches at this weekend’s Olympic repechage tournament in Monaco - the last chance available to qualify for the Rio Olympics.
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Monday 13 June 2016

Suva, Fiji
Fiji bounced back from a halftime 15 – 0 lead to defeat Tonga 23 – 18 last Saturday, June 11. The game was locked 18 – 18 in the 73rd minute before the Fijian flanker Eremasi Radrodro scored the winning try in the 74th minute to win the game in front of an estatic Fijian crowd at ANZ stadium in Suva.
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Friday 10 June 2016
Suva, Fiji
The ‘Ikale Tahi and the Flying Fijians have named their teams to meet at the start of the Pacific Nations Cup 2016 on Saturday, 11 June at ANZ Stadium in Suva.
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Friday 10 June 2016

Manchester, United Kingdom
Japan’s number 14, Ataata Moeakiola, is emerging as a new rugby star after his hat trick scoring performance against the Junior Spring Boks at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester on 7 June.
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Monday 6 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The All Blacks have enlisted three rugby players of Tongan heritage for their test match against Wales next week on June 11. The players are Malakai Fekitoa (Otago Highlanders), 'Ofa Tu’ungafasi (Auckland Blues) and George Moala (Auckland Blues).
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Monday 6 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s national men’s Soccer team is currently ranked at the bottom of the FIFA table, coming in last out 209 countries. Tonga’s women’s team is performing much better. In the current women’s table, Tonga is ranked 87 out of 136 countries.
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Friday 3 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s ‘Ikale Tahi team for the Pacific Nations Cup 2016 that starts next week at the ANZ Stadium in Suva, Fiji was officially announced today by the Tonga Rugby Union.
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Sunday 29 May 2016
London, United Kingdom
The "rampaging" Vunipola brothers helped their club, the London Saracens, to win the 2015-16 Aviva Premiership defeating the Exeter Chiefs by 28 points to 20 in the Premiership final yesterday.
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Friday 27 May 2016
Gold Coast, Queensland
Konrad Hurrell has been signed by the Gold Coast Titans. The signing comes only a day after the 24 year-old NRL star was released by his former club the New Zealand Warriors.
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Wednesday 25 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The official Tongan national rugby team, the ‘Ikale Tahi for the 2016 Pacific Nations Cup tournament is yet to be officially announced by its Executive/Chairman, Fe’ao Vunipola. Now heading the Tonga Rugby Union are Tonga's Prime Minister as President and the Deputy Prime Minister as Chairman.
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Wednesday 25 May 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
The Vodaphone Warriors have released their star centre Konrad Hurrell. The NRL club announced the move today May 25. Konrad’s contract was originally scheduled to end in 2018. The cut comes after reports of a strained relationship between Konrad and his club regarding off-field incidents.
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