/ Jul 8, 2017

Fiji qualifies for Rugby World Cup

Fiji qualified for the 2019 World Cup in Japan with a second-half rally to beat Tonga 14-10 on Saturday in a Pacific Nations Cup match. The score was locked at 3-3 at halftime after Fiji's Ben Volavola and Tonga's Sonatane Takula traded penalties. Tonga opened up ...

/ Apr 19, 2016

Kobe appoints ex-Wallabies assistant McKay as new coach

Kobe Kobelco Steelers named former Wallabies and Tonga assistant Jim McKay as their new head coach on Tuesday. The 49-year-old Australian succeeds Allister Coetzee, who left to take over the Springboks. McKay will be the Steelers' fourth head coach in four years, and will begin ...

All Blacks score seven tries in rout

/ Oct 10, 2015

All Blacks score seven tries in rout

New Zealand pulled away in the last half-hour to cruise to a 47-9 win over Tonga on Friday, but headed into the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals without a complete 80-minute performance in the pool stage. Tonga was only behind 14-6 and causing problems for the ...

Argentina beats Tonga to move closer to RWC quarters

/ Oct 5, 2015

Argentina beats Tonga to move closer to RWC quarters

Argentina moved closer to a place in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals with flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez's 25 points in a comprehensive 45-16 win over Tonga in their Pool C match on Sunday. Argentina scored five tries to get a bonus point that should be enough ...

Tonga holds off plucky Namibia

/ Sep 30, 2015

Tonga holds off plucky Namibia

Namibia scored three tries in a Rugby World Cup game for the first time but its wait for a maiden victory at the tournament goes on after losing 35-21 to Tonga in an entertaining Pool C match on Tuesday. Lively winger Telusa Veainu and roaming ...

Crown Prince, Princess attend Tonga coronation ceremony

Jul 4, 2015

Crown Prince, Princess attend Tonga coronation ceremony

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended the coronation of Tonga's new king on Saturday. The coronation service for King Tupou VI was held at the Free Wesleyan Centenary Church in the capital, Nuku'alofa. The Japanese couple attended a luncheon hosted at the royal palace ...

China gift causes trouble for Tonga

Jun 24, 2014

China gift causes trouble for Tonga

It is almost 10 a.m., but the barista at this tiny Pacific kingdom's domestic air terminal has yet to make a single cup of coffee. Molly Fatai says her wages at the cafe have been cut by a third since last year. Flights leaving for ...

Tongan rugby retiree forged unique bonds

Jul 23, 2013

Tongan rugby retiree forged unique bonds

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Japan and Tonga have developed a bond based on an unusual combination — the abacus and rugby. Sinali Latu, 47, is the product of that unique relationship, which began with the visit in 1976 of a top Japanese abacus teacher to Tonga, whose national sport ...