Rugby star, ‘Isitolo Maka, the big number 8 for New Zealand's Otago Highlanders and the All Blacks, said that if the Tongan Rugby Union wanted to develop Tongan rugby then it had to take a professional approach to the game. "It is not going to be easy, and it will take a long time-maybe about a century," he laughed. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 1, January 1999.
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Sunday 20 December 1998
Tevita Vaikona, the British Super League star player was in Tonga for 17 days during November. He did not waste any time getting home to ‘Uiha, in Ha‘apai, “where as soon as the sun sets, the only thing to do is to go to sleep, there are no night clubs and no bars.” Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.