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 ...

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 ...

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 ...