Tonga beats U.S. to avoid winless RWC campaign

Rugby Oct 13, 2019

Tonga beats U.S. to avoid winless RWC campaign

Tonga beat the United States 31-19 on Sunday to avoid finishing last in Pool C at the Rugby World Cup, helped by a farewell try from retiring captain Siale Piutau on his birthday. Piutau scored Tonga's third try with just under 20 minutes to go. ...

Tonga makes three changes for U.S. clash

Rugby Oct 11, 2019

Tonga makes three changes for U.S. clash

Coach Toutai Kefu on Friday made three changes to his starting lineup as Tonga seeks to end its Rugby World Cup with a win. Tighthead prop Siua Halanukonuka and wings Viliami Lolohea and 'Ateli Pakalani are into the team against the United States in Osaka ...

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 ...

Julian Montoya leads Argentina past Tonga

Rugby Sep 28, 2019

Julian Montoya leads Argentina past Tonga

Argentina hooker Julian Montoya scored a rapid first-half hat trick as the Pumas beat Tonga 28-12 on Saturday to revive their bid for a Rugby World Cup quarterfinal place. Montoya's treble at Hanazono Stadium equaled Argentina's record for the most tries in a single World ...

Argentina shifts focus to Tonga after disappointing defeat to France

Rugby Sep 26, 2019

Argentina shifts focus to Tonga after disappointing defeat to France

Argentina has done the self-criticism following an agonizing opening defeat, and has to deliver against Tonga in their must-win Rugby World Cup match on Saturday. Coach Mario Ledesma made a big statement by dropping flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez and hooker Agustin Creevy after the tense 23-21 ...

England easily dispatches tryless Tonga

Rugby Sep 22, 2019

England easily dispatches tryless Tonga

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Manu Tuilagi scored two tries and captain Owen Farrell added 15 points on three conversions and another three penalty goals, leading England to a 35-3 triumph over Tonga in their Rugby World Cup Pool C match on Sunday at Sapporo Dome. England, which failed to ...