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Tonga secure World Cup qualification

Tonga advanced to next year's Rugby World Cup finals after crushing Hong Kong 44-22 on Australia's Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

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Folau's Test return short-lived as Fiji blank Tonga

Israel Folau's return to international rugby lasted only half an hour as his Tonga team were thrashed 36-0 by a clinical Fiji in their Pacific Nations Cup opener in Suva on Saturday.


Kefu: Folau to have social media curbs with Tonga

Israel Folau will be a prized addition to Tongan rugby but will have restrictions on what he posts on social media, along with all his teammates, coach Toutai Kefu said.

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Mou'nga likely to go to Japan after World Cup

Richie Mo'unga is likely to leave New Zealand to play rugby in Japan after next year's World Cup in France, the All Blacks flyhalf told the New Zealand Herald on Tuesday.

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Kefu names Folau, Piutau in Tonga Test squad

Israel Folau will make his return to international rugby with Tonga three years after his Rugby Australia contract was terminated over anti-gay social media posts.

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Australia A rebooted, team could face Folau

Australia A will compete in the upcoming Pacific Nations Cup, which could yet include a Tonga side laden with international talent including former Wallabies star Israel Folau.

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England score 11 tries in dominant 69-3 victory over Tonga

England's latest "new era" got off to a spectacular start on Saturday as they ran in 11 tries to crush an outclassed Tonga 69-3 in their first game in front of a Twickenham full house since March 2020.

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Steyn bags four tries as Scotland thrash Tonga

Kyle Steyn scored four tries as Scotland ran riot against a feeble Tonga side to win 60-14 at Murrayfield on Saturday in the opening test of the Autumn internationals.

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Price, Ritchie to co-captain Scotland vs. Tonga

Scotland will have two captains and four uncapped players on the field when they kick off their autumn international test against Tonga at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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All Blacks line up Tonga, Fiji in July

Despite a fierce off-field battle with their governing body, the All Blacks have locked in their return to international competition with three Tests against Pacific opposition in July.

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WR to help Pacific Island teams join SR in 2022

World Rugby (WR) is set to spend 1.2 million pounds ($1.65 million) annually over three years on two Pacific Island teams to help them join Super Rugby in 2022, the sport's governing body said on Wednesday.

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Super Rugby AU better option for Pasifika team: PRP union

New Zealand Rugby's decision to delay a Pacific islands entry into Super Rugby Aotearoa next year was just the latest in a history of the Pasifika nations being "shafted", the head of the Pacific Rugby Players (PRP) union has said.

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World Rugby would back Pacific Super team

The Pacific Island Rugby Players Union has welcomed comments from World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont that it could offer funding to help a Pasifika team take part in a revamped Super Rugby competition from next year.

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First-half flurry sets up Pumas' win over Tonga

Julian Montoya scored a hat-trick in the first 26 minutes as the Pumas got their World Cup campaign back on track with a 28-12 victory over Tonga on Saturday that snapped a 10-match losing streak.

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Two-try Tuilagi powers England past Tonga

A first-half double from Manu Tuilagi and a late bonus-point sealing try by substitute Luke Cowan-Dickie gave England the perfect start to their Rugby World Cup campaign.

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Pacific lip service won't stop until rugby respects the Islands

As the eyes of the world prepare to turn their gaze on the Rugby World Cup, the game got an early reminder of the Pacific Island discussion that pops up all too regularly. It continues to be nothing but rhetoric, Craig Dowd writes.

2019 RankingsRugby World Cup

  • TONGA12th
    Tries Scored 1st South Africa : 27 Tries Scored
  • TONGA13th
    Points Difference 1st South Africa : 149 Points Difference