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Monday 30 April 2018

The Tonga Under-20s National Rugby team were outclassed 97 – 0 by the New Zealand Under-20s team in the opening of the 2018 Oceania Rugby U20s Championship on Friday 27 April in Gold Coast, Australia. The halftime score was 47 – 0.
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Monday 30 April 2018

Arlington, Texas
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have drafted Vita Vea (23) of Milpitas, California. He is the son of Tongan immigrants Sione and Fipe Vea.
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Monday 23 April 2018

Sydney, Australia
The Tonga Under-18 Rugby 7s team finished fourth at the U18 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship in Sydney, Australia. The two-day tournament ended yesterday 22 April with Australia taking Gold after comprehensively defeating U18 Samoa 32 - 7.
Wednesday 18 April 2018
Gold Coast, Australia
The Commonwealth Games wrapped up on Sunday April 15 with the last two Tongan athletes competing in Shotput and Shooting on April 13-14 respectively. Shooter Henry Liutai did not qualify in the finals, however in Women's Shotput, Atamaama Tu'utafaiva qualified for the finals where she threw a personal best.
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Tuesday 17 April 2018

Gold Coast, Australia
Commonwealth weightlifting gold medallist David Liti (of Tongan descent) was awarded the David Dixon Award for his sportsmanship in assisting a fellow injured weightlifter Lauititi Lui of Samoa. The David Dixon Award is a four-yearly award given to the outstanding athlete of each Commonwealth Games, based on their performance at the event, fair play, and overall contribution to their team's participation at the Commonwealth Games.
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Monday 9 April 2018

Apia, Samoa
Fourteen-year-old Noelani Day has made history becoming the youngest person to complete the 22.3km Apolima Strait Solo Swim, placing third overall in Samoa, on Friday 6 April. She completed the swim in 8 hours, 11 minutes, and 12 seconds. Battling severe conditions, Noelani dedicated her swim to Tongan girls and youth in sports - to encourage them to always pursue their dreams no matter what obstacles are before them.
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Monday 9 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There were mixed results for Team Tonga at the Commonwealth Games over the weekend and today. Finau ‘Ohuafi won the first heat of the Men’s 50m Freestyle with a time of 26.07, but he didn't make the top 16 athletes in the Men’s 50m Freestyle semi-finals to be held later tonight. Other athletes also competed today in lawn bowls, weightlifting, athletics and boxing.
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Friday 6 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prizes were awarded to winners of an Easter Quick Rip Rugby Lightning Tournament, by the New Zealand High Commissioner to Tonga HE Tiffany Babington. The event included mixed teams. "I encourage the girls to get out there because they are just as good as the boys," she said.
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Thursday 5 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Swimmer, Finau ‘Ohuafi was just inched out of third place in the 50m Butterfly heat 1 this afternoon. In Lawn Bowls, Malia Kioa lost to Australia and current world champion, but won against Zambia, and in Boxing, John Moleni narrowly went down to Scotland.
Thursday 5 April 2018

Canberra, Australia
ACT Brumbies back-rower Lachlan McCaffrey will visit Tonga on April 30 to assist with coaching clinics in various communities and give away rugby kits.
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Thursday 5 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Flag bearer and boxer, Magan Maka, dressed in traditional tau'olunga costume, led Tonga’s contingent of athletes to a loud cheering crowd at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games held at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, Australia, last night. King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho are at the Games to support the team.
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Saturday 31 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Russia's Rugby administration has formally requested that the World Rugby investigate the eligibility of a Tongan born Romanian Rugby player, Sione Faka’osilea. Russia lost a World Cup qualifying match to Romania earlier this month, a game in which Faka’osilea was fielded.
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Tuesday 27 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Woman boxer Magan Maka will be Tonga’s flag bearer at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia next month. TASANOC announced yesterday that the 24-year-old will lead Tonga’s team of 13 athletes in the parade of nations on 15 April. The announcement comes a week after Government banned women's boxing from public schools.
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Monday 19 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga A suffered a depressing 57 – 7 loss to the Fiji Warriors in the last round of the World Rugby Pacific Challenge tournament on Saturday 17 March in Suva, Fiji. The Fiji Warriors were declared champions, having secured decisive victories over all their opponents including Samoa (33 – 21) and Junior Japan (28 – 3).
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Saturday 17 March 2018

Auckland, New Zealand
Around 1,500 players representing 10 Pacific Island nations, including Tonga, and at least 10,000 spectators, turned up to the first ever Oceania Junior Tag Football Tournament held at Ngati Otara Park in New Zealand last weekend, 9 to 11 March.
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Wednesday 14 March 2018

Neiafu, Vava'u
Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) president David Chung visited Vava’u on Saturday 10 March, to review the construction site of a football technical centre in the Village of Makave. The FIFA funded construction project aims to establish a centre that will facilitate the growth of football in Vava’u. The centre will include a football field, an administration office, a changing room block and a toilet block. The construction project is expected to be completed in October this year.
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Wednesday 14 March 2018

Cardiff, Wales
Taulupe Faletau captained Wales to a decisive 38 - 14 victory over Italy on 11 March. One of the highlights of the game occurred when Faletau flattened Italian flyhalf Tommaso Allan with a tremendous tackle that caused the ball to spill loose.
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Saturday 10 March 2018

South Dakota, United States
Junior Fa extended his undefeated record to 14 wins after beating Detroit fighter Craig Lewis via majority decision in the town of Deadwood in South Dakota, United States. Most boxing commentators had Fa well ahead with a Unanimous Decision victory. Entering the fight, Craig Lewis held a record of 14 wins and 1 loss.
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Thursday 8 March 2018

Cardiff, Wales
Tongan born Welsh Number 8, Taulupe Faletau, will captain Wales against Italy this weekend in the Six Nations Championship. The 27-year-old has 70 caps for Wales and is widely considered to be the best Number 8 in the world.
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Thursday 8 March 2018

Thirteen athletes in six sports have been announced to represent Tonga at the XXI Commonwealth Games next month 4 – 15 April in Gold Coast, Australia.
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