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Time to shine for young rugby stars in Canberra | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia


The final day of the Australian National Under 20s Championship will see NSW take on Queensland for the title in Canberra tomorrow.

via Time to shine for young rugby stars in Canberra | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia.

Japan gives $5 million for disaster equipment | Matangi Tonga


The Government of Japan today committed $5 million pa’anga grant to Tonga to purchase disaster reduction equipment and products and improve its disaster risk management and response.

via Japan gives $5 million for disaster equipment | Matangi Tonga.

Locals to see ‘Meet the Mormons’ Movie in Tonga | Tonga Daily News


Locals will have the chance to watch the “Meet the Mormons” movie that has been produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here in Tonga.

via Locals to see ‘Meet the Mormons’ Movie in Tonga | Tonga Daily News.

Five students charged with murder of Sione Tufui | Matangi Tonga


The Fiji Police have charged five Nauruan high school students with the murder of 22 year-old Tongan USP student Sione Tufui, who died on Saturday morning June 21, in a Suva hospital.

via Five students charged with murder of Sione Tufui | Matangi Tonga.

Appeal for Cyclone Ian victims in Tonga


Appeal for Cyclone Ian victims in Tongas Haapai Island group Mana is supporting a big effort to send help to the victims of Cyclone Ian in Tonga. We are collecting non-perishable foods (eg bags of flour, rice and canned foods), fishing nets, bush …Appeal for Cyclone Ian victims in Tonga’s Ha’apai Island group

Mana is supporting a big effort to send help to the victims of Cyclone Ian in Tonga.

via Pacific.scoop.co.nz » Appeal for Cyclone Ian victims in Tonga.

Relief efforts underway after destructive Cyclone Ian hits Tonga


Contact with small northern islands of the Ha’apai group, home to about 8,000 people, was lost when the category five storm packing winds of up to 270 kilometres per hour swept through Tonga’s northern and central areas over the weekend.

via Relief efforts underway after destructive Cyclone Ian hits Tonga – Australia Network News Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Wales v Tonga: Andrew Coombs misses training with ‘bad back’


Coombs, capped at second-row in the Six Nations, has been selected at blind-side in the team to face Tonga in Cardiff on Friday evening.Backs coach Rob Howley reported the Dragons forward had a “bit of a bad back.””The decision was made to give him a morning off, but hopefully he’ll be available tomorrow night,” said Howley.

via BBC Sport – Wales v Tonga: Andrew Coombs misses training with ‘bad back’.

Tonga send Cook Islands…


Cook Islands winger Jordan Rapana wrote himself into international rugby league folklore with a spectacular bombed try – and then told his coach he would have converted it to tie an epic World Cup battle with Tonga.

via Rugby League World Cup | Tonga send Cook Islands… | Stuff.co.nz.

Tonga celebrates after its vital win against Cook Islands


In a see-sawing match both sides showed fighting spirit, but the Tongans simply made less mistakes.

It means Cook Islands won’t progress further but the result gives Tonga a strong chance of going onto the quarter-finals.

via Tonga celebrates after its vital win against Cook Islands | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia.

Scotland star says Tonga jolt ensures Japan will not be taken lightly


The Dark Blues open their Autumn Test series with Saturday’s Murrayfield clash against the Brave Blossoms before also hosting South Africa and Australia.

They head into the opener in much better shape than they did for the meeting with Tonga last November.

via Scotland star says Tonga jolt ensures Japan will not be taken lightly – Rugby / Sport / The Courier.