Tonga's prime minister, who nurtured democracy, dies at 78

Asia Pacific Sep 12, 2019

Tonga's prime minister, who nurtured democracy, dies at 78

Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva, who helped wrest power from the royal family and bring greater democracy to the small Pacific island nation, died Thursday. He was 78. Pohiva died at the Auckland City Hospital at about 9 a.m. after being medically evacuated to New ...

All Blacks clobber Tonga in final match before Rugby World Cup

Rugby Sep 7, 2019

All Blacks clobber Tonga in final match before Rugby World Cup

The All Blacks got exactly what they wanted from their final match ahead of the Rugby World Cup when they demolished Tonga 92-7 on Saturday, and deliberately chose to play the last 15 minutes a man down, coach Steve Hansen said. Inside center Ryan Crotty, ...

Rugby Aug 31, 2019

Fiji controls ball for long phases in triumph over Tonga

Fiji highlighted how dangerous it could be on the counterattack at the Rugby World Cup as it scored two scintillating long-range tries to beat Tonga 29-19 at Eden Park on Saturday. The match, part of the Pasifika Challenge doubleheader that also included Samoa beating a ...

Pacific nations back in spotlight but old problems still remain

Rugby Aug 30, 2019

Pacific nations back in spotlight but old problems still remain

Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will be thrust into the spotlight this weekend during the Pasifika Challenge doubleheader in Auckland, but age-old problems continue to haunt them ahead of the upcoming Rugby World Cup. Samoa will play an invitational side comprised of players from New Zealand's ...

Japan faces test in clash with Tonga

Rugby Aug 2, 2019

Japan faces test in clash with Tonga

Japan heads into Saturday's clash against Tonga knowing it will be more than a Pacific Nations Cup match, but a chance to test its strength and technique ahead of this autumn's Rugby World Cup. Among the three tests remaining for Japan in the run-up to ...