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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Results for Tongan rugby players
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.”
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.
Tuesday 19 July 2016
Christchurch, New Zealand
Family, friends, fans and teammates of a promising young Tongan rugby player Uto Enosi Tu'ipulotu are in mourning after the 19 year-old passed away from cancer last week July 14 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Uto was selected for the New Zealand Area schools rugby team, and was awarded Under 18 player of the year by his rugby club, Ellesmere.
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.
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.
Tuesday 17 May 2016
‘Ikale Tahi and Glasgow Warriors prop Sila Puafisi was handed a harsh three match suspension for a ‘flying head butt’ on scrumhalf Kieran Marmion of Irish Club Connacht.
Wednesday 4 May 2016
Doncaster, United Kingdom
Former ‘Ikale Tahi and Doncaster Knights flanker Latu Makaafi (33) is the second highest try scorer in the 2015-2016 season of the RFU Championship, England’s second division tournament. According to the end of season statistics, Latu scored 17 tries in 22 appearances for the Doncaster Knights and was only two tries away from top try scorer Paul Grant of Nottingham.
Tuesday 26 April 2016
Rugby players of Tongan heritage are filling up the team rosters in America’s inaugural PRO Rugby tournament, which kicked off on Saturday, April 23. There are at least 20 players of Tongan heritage playing in the tournament, most of whom are US-born.
Tuesday 22 September 2015
When Japan’s Brave Blossoms had its sensational 34-32 victory over two-time Rugby World Cup champion South Africa in their opening match at Brighton, UK, on Saturday, 19 September it was the big Tongan forward ‘Amanaki Lelei Mafi who stood out by providing the winning pass that secured the biggest RWC upset so far. Mafi is credited with making the most metres and beating the most defenders of any Japanese forward, despite taking to the pitch only in the 45th minute.
Thursday 20 August 2015
New off field kit for the ‘Ikale Tahi was donated by former English prop Phil Vickery who urged the people of Gloucester to support the squad during the Rugby World Cup that starts on 19 September in England.
Tuesday 22 March 2011
Two Tongan rugby players in Northern Japan, Piei Mafile'o and Lata Lui and his daughter Sisifa, almost lost their lives while rescuing a child from the tsunami that devasted the port town of Kamaishi on March 11.
Tuesday 29 June 2010
By Adam Freier. My new comrade, the ever-positive curly-haired kid, was quickly becoming my newest mate and inspiration. His name was George Smith. Rugby was just a game, and a game to always enjoy. And we did and we both made the Australian schoolboys Test versus New Zealand few days later. What I learnt from George was to be yourself; to not let the game rule you and determine your happiness. The lesson George taught me was to cherish every opportunity that comes your way. Who knows where it will take you?
Friday 16 January 2009
The funeral of Tongan flanker Fe'ao Latu who died from a heart attack in Cahors, Southwest France, on January 11 will be held next week in Tonga.
Wednesday 14 January 2009
Fe'ao Latu, a 28 year old Tongan flanker for the Perigueux Club tragically died of a heart attack after collapsing during a game in France on Sunday, January 11.
Friday 27 July 2007
Disappointed but not discouraged was the mixed feeling of the Tongan Rugby star, Tevita Vaikona (32) when he was not selected for the 'Ikale Tahi 2007 World Cup team to play in France during September and October.
Friday 29 October 2004
I would like to thank your readership for their great response on my request for Rugby Talent. I think they have unearthed a few future stars and hopefully these players will develop and shine for Tonga in the 2007 World Cup, helping Tonga to take it's rightful place as one of the most respected teams in the world. -Pieter du Tiot
Tuesday 7 September 2004
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
Are there any players travelling from your country to the UK in the near future who want to still play and enjoy their rugby?
Wednesday 1 October 2003
Dan Manu, a former open-side flanker for the Australian Wallabies, is one of several international rugby players who have helped to promote Tonga through excellence in sport.
Thursday 1 July 1999
“It‘s all in the mind,” said Polutele Tu‘ihalamaka, the coach of the ‘Ikale Tahi when he was asked for a prediction on the ‘Ikale Tahi versus the All Blacks in the first round of the Rugby World Cup in the United Kingdom on October 3. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.