France beats Tonga to reach Rugby World Cup quarterfinals

Rugby Oct 6, 2019

France beats Tonga to reach Rugby World Cup quarterfinals

France held off a spirited Tonga comeback to win 23-21 on Sunday and join group rival England in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals. Les Bleus lost 19-14 to Tonga eight years ago in one of the tournament's big upsets. This time Tonga rallied from 17-0 ...

Tonga relies on Telusa Veainu

Rugby Oct 5, 2019

Tonga relies on Telusa Veainu

Telusa Veainu was far away when he watched Tonga's Rugby World Cup upset win over France in 2011, even though he was in New Zealand. Far away from international rugby, far from becoming one of the stars of the team. "I was in New Zealand, at ...

Tonga draws inspiration from Kumamoto's samurai heritage

Rugby Oct 4, 2019

Tonga draws inspiration from Kumamoto's samurai heritage

Tonga is taking inspiration from samurai swordsmen as it seeks to repeat its famous 2011 victory over France at the Rugby World Cup. The Tongans will play France on Sunday in Kumamoto, a city famous for its samurai heritage, and they said Japan's renowned warrior ...