Tonga national rugby union team

The Tonga national rugby union team is nicknamed ʻIkale Tahi (Sea Eagles). Like their Polynesian neighbours, the Tongans start their matches with a war dance – the Sipi Tau. They are members of the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance (PIRA) along with Fiji and Samoa. The Ikale Tahi achieved a historic 19–14 victory over France in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, but having lost to New Zealand and Canada, were unable to achieve what would have been their first ever presence at the quarter-finals.

Tonga
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)ʻIkale Tahi
EmblemWhite dove
UnionTonga Rugby Football Union
Head coachToutai Kefu
CaptainSiale Piutau
Most capsNili Latu (54)
Top scorerKurt Morath (338)
Top try scorerFetu'u Vainikolo (15)
Home stadiumTeufaiva Sport Stadium
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current13 (as of 13 Oct 2019)
Highest9 (2011)
Lowest20 (2006)
First international
Tonga 9–6 Fiji
(Nuku'alofa, Tonga; 25 August 1924)
Biggest win
Tonga 119–0 South Korea
(Nuku'alofa, Tonga; 22 March 2003)
Biggest defeat
New Zealand 102–0 Tonga
(Albany, New Zealand; 16 June 2000)
World Cup
Appearances7 (First in 1987)
Best resultPool stage, 1987, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019
Websitewww.tongarugbyunion.net

History

Rugby was brought to the region in the early 20th Century by sailors and missionaries and the Tonga Rugby Football Union was formed in late 1923. Tonga beat Fiji 9–6 in their first test in 1924 played in the capital Nukuʻalofa. However, Tonga lost the second test 14–3 and drew the decider 0–0.

Between 1924 and 1938 Tonga and Fiji played three test series every alternate year. Matches between the two Pacific nations were hard fought; many have claimed that the ancient feuding wars between the Islanders were transplanted onto the rugby field. Troubles during the third Test of Fiji's 1928 tour to Tonga forced the game to be abandoned with Tonga leading 11–8. In 1954 Tonga played host to a touring Western Samoa.

Tonga beat New Zealand Māori in 1969, but had to wait until 1973 before they played their second test match a 30–12 defeat against Australia in Sydney. They got their revenge when they beat Australia in Ballymore, Brisbane 16–11, scoring four tries to two in June 1973. The following year they traveled to the Arms Park for a non-cap international against Wales, a game that ended in a 26–7 defeat.

The first Tongan tour to Great Britain was in 1974 when they played 10 games, including those in Wales against East Wales, Llanelli, North Wales, Newport, West Wales and a Wales XV. The only tour victory was by 18–13 in the opener against East Wales. The 'tests' were lost by 44–8 to a Scotland XV and by 26–7 to the Wales XV.

They remained a little-known quantity in Europe until 1986 when Wales embarked on a tour of Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa. Early in the game against Tonga Welsh flanker Mark Brown was knocked over by three Tongan forwards, leading to a mass brawl involving the entire team except Malcolm Dacey and Mark Titley. Robert Jones describes the event in his book Raising The Dragon as "the worst brawl I have ever seen on a rugby field." At the post-match dinner Jonathan Davies was asked to give a few words in Welsh and as the hosts politely applauded he described them as "the dirtiest team I have ever played against"

Tonga were drawn to play Wales again in the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. The previous meeting, plus the decision to rest some of the leading players, led to a poor Welsh performance though they managed to win 29–16. Tonga lost its other two games to Ireland (32–9) and Canada (37–4).

They failed to qualify for the 1991 Rugby World Cup. In 1994 they won the South Pacific championship on try count and so qualified for the Super 10, in which they finished bottom of their pool with only one point.

They qualified for the 1995 World Cup ahead of Fiji on points difference. Tonga managed only two victories in the next two World Cups, against the 29–11 Côte d'Ivoire in 1995 and Italy in 1999. The win over the Côte d'Ivoire brought tragedy when Ivorian winger Max Brito was left paralyzed.

June 1999 brought a 20–16 defeat of France in Nukuʻalofa over a touring France but in 2000 they were defeated 102–0 (including 15 tries) by New Zealand.

After losing their first four matches to Fiji and Samoa, Tonga finished third in the Oceania qualifying group. As a result, they had to play home and away matches against Papua New Guinea, which they won 47–14 and 84–12, followed by a play-off against South Korea, who finished as runners-up in the Asian section. Tonga thrashed them 75–0 and 119–0.

At the 2003 Rugby World Cup Tonga lost all their games and finished bottom of their pool. Although they kept Wales to 20–27, they were again thrashed by New Zealand 91–7.

In 2007 Tonga participated in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, winning two of their pool matches and nearly defeating the eventual champions, South Africa, before losing 30–25.

Tonga achieved one of the most unexpected victories in Rugby World Cup history with their 19 – 14 win over France in the 2011 World Cup.

On 24 November 2012, Tonga beat Scotland, at Pittodrie Stadium, 21–15 for their first victory over a traditional rugby power on a European pitch.

Sipi Tau

Like several Pacific rugby nations, Tonga has a pre-game war dance, called the Sipi Tau. It is a form of the Kailao, which was originally a war dance that was imported to Tonga from Wallis Island. It is usually performed at both public and private ceremonies.

During the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, in Tonga's match against the All Blacks, the All Blacks began their traditional haka, and then Tonga answered to the haka through the sipi tau whilst the All Blacks were performing, bringing the teams within metres of one another just prior to kick-off.[1]

Overall Record

Top 30 rankings as of 11 November 2019[2]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  South Africa 094.19
2 Steady  New Zealand 092.11
3 Steady  England 088.82
4 Steady  Wales 085.02
5 Steady  Ireland 084.45
6 Steady  Australia 081.90
7 Steady  France 080.88
8 Steady  Japan 079.28
9 Steady  Scotland 079.23
10 Steady  Argentina 078.31
11 Steady  Fiji 076.21
12 Steady  Italy 072.04
13 Steady  Tonga 071.44
14 Steady  Georgia 071.26
15 Steady  Samoa 070.72
16 Steady  Spain 068.15
17 Steady  United States 068.10
18 Steady  Uruguay 067.41
19 Steady  Romania 066.69
20 Steady  Russia 063.09
21 Steady  Portugal 061.33
22 Steady  Canada 061.12
23 Steady  Namibia 061.01
24 Steady  Hong Kong 059.64
25 Steady  Netherlands 058.46
26 Steady  Brazil 057.84
27 Steady  Belgium 057.35
28 Steady  Germany 054.96
29 Steady  Chile 054.56
30 Steady   Switzerland 053.19
*Change from the previous week
Tonga's historical rankings
Tonga IRB World Rankings
Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 30 December 2019[2]

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Tongan national XV at test level up until 11 September 2019.[3]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Argentina 1 0 1 0 0% 16 45 −29
 Australia 4 1 3 0 25% 42 167 −125
 Australia A 1 0 1 0 0.00% 15 60 −45
 Canada 9 4 5 0 44.44% 188 216 −28
 Chile 1 1 0 0 100.00% 32 30 +2
 Cook Islands 3 3 0 0 100.00% 235 22 +213
 England 2 0 2 0 0.00% 30 137 −107
 England XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 17 37 −20
 Fiji 92 27 62 3 30.97% 1237 1809 −572
 France 5 2 3 0 40.00% 75 149 −74
 Georgia 7 2 5 0 33.33% 141 119 +22
 Ireland 2 0 2 0 0.00% 28 72 −44
 Italy 5 2 3 0 40.00% 82 154 −72
 Ivory Coast 1 1 0 0 100.00% 29 11 +18
 Japan 18 9 9 0 50.00% 453 459 −6
New Zealand Junior All Blacks 2 0 2 0 0.00% 23 77 −54
 Namibia 2 2 0 0 100% 55 35 +20
 New Zealand 6 0 6 0 0.00% 42 418 −376
 Māori 12 4 8 0 33.33% 165 319 −154
 Papua New Guinea 2 2 0 0 100.00% 131 26 +105
 Portugal 1 1 0 0 100.00% 24 19 +5
 Romania 3 2 1 0 66.67% 64 55 +9
 Samoa 65 27 34 4 42.19% 973 1144 −171
 Scotland 4 1 3 0 25.00% 58 136 −78
 Scotland XV 2 0 2 0 0.00% 13 67 −55
 South Korea 6 6 0 0 100.00% 464 66 +398
 South Africa 2 0 2 0 0.00% 35 104 −69
 Spain 1 1 0 0 100.00% 28 13 +15
 United States 9 8 1 0 88.89% 241 134 +107
 Wales 8 0 8 0 0.00% 84 227 −143
 Wales XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 7 26 −19
 Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 100.00% 42 13 +29
Total 280 107 166 7 38.21% 5093 6440 -1347

World Cup Record

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987 Pool Stage 3 0 0 3 29 98 Automatically qualified
United KingdomRepublic of IrelandFrance 1991 Did not qualify 3 1 0 2 64 62
South Africa 1995 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 44 90 2 1 0 1 34 26
Wales 1999 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 47 171 7 2 0 5 317 241
Australia 2003 Pool Stage 4 0 0 4 46 178 8 4 0 4 398 178
France 2007 Pool Stage 4 2 0 2 89 96 7 3 0 4 329 136
New Zealand 2011 Pool Stage 4 2 0 2 80 98 Automatically qualified
England 2015 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 70 130
Japan 2019 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 67 105 4 1 0 3 68 93
Total 8/9 29 8 0 21 472 966 31 12 0 19 1210 736

Current squad

Tonga announced their 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup on 1 September 2019.[4]

On 24 September, Kurt Morath and Nafi Tuitavake were ruled out for the remainder of the tournament following injuries sustained in Tonga's opening match against England. Latiume Fosita and Fetuli Paea replaced them.[5]

Note: Caps correct as of 13 October 2019

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Siua Maile Hooker 18 February 1997 (age 22) 3 New Zealand Shirley Rugby Club
Paul Ngauamo Hooker 19 February 1990 (age 29) 22 France Agen
Sosefo Sakalia Hooker 14 December 1991 (age 27) 13 Singapore Asia Pacific Dragons
Maʻafu Fia Prop 22 November 1989 (age 29) 10 Wales Ospreys
Vunipola Fifita Prop 18 February 1996 (age 23) 5 Australia Brumbies
Siegfried Fisi'ihoi Prop 8 June 1987 (age 32) 13 France Pau
Siua Halanukonuka Prop 9 August 1986 (age 33) 13 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Latu Talakai Prop 26 December 1989 (age 29) 7 Australia Eastwood
Ben Tameifuna Prop 30 August 1991 (age 28) 13 France Racing 92
Leva Fifita Lock 29 July 1989 (age 30) 19 France Grenoble
Sam Lousi Lock 20 July 1991 (age 28) 8 New Zealand Hurricanes
Steve Mafi Lock 9 December 1989 (age 29) 33 England London Irish
Daniel Faleafa Loose forward 13 February 1989 (age 30) 25 United States Austin Elite
Sione Kalamafoni Loose forward 18 May 1988 (age 31) 37 England Leicester Tigers
Zane Kapeli Loose forward 28 September 1992 (age 27) 10 New Zealand Bay of Plenty
Fotu Lokotui Loose forward 19 March 1992 (age 27) 9 Samoa Kagifa Samoa
Nasi Manu Loose forward 15 August 1988 (age 31) 7 Italy Benetton
Maama Vaipulu Loose forward 21 July 1989 (age 30) 12 France Castres
Samisoni Fisilau Half-back 29 November 1987 (age 31) 19 New Zealand Auckland Marist
Leon Fukofuka Half-back 8 September 1994 (age 25) 11 Samoa Kagifa Samoa
Sonatane Takulua Half-back 11 January 1991 (age 28) 38 England Newcastle Falcons
James Faiva First five-eighth 13 June 1994 (age 25) 9 Spain El Salvador
Latiume Fosita First five-eighth 25 July 1992 (age 27) 32 Samoa Kagifa Samoa
Mali Hingano Centre 27 January 1992 (age 27) 7 France Bayonne
Siale Piutau (c) Centre 13 October 1985 (age 34) 43 England Bristol Rugby
Viliami Lolohea Wing 4 July 1993 (age 26) 11 New Zealand Papatoetoe
Fetuli Paea Wing 16 August 1994 (age 25) 2 New Zealand Tasman
Atieli Pakalani Wing 2 August 1989 (age 30) 13 Australia Eastwood
Cooper Vuna Wing 5 July 1987 (age 32) 16 England Newcastle Falcons
David Halaifonua Fullback 5 July 1987 (age 32) 37 England Coventry
Telusa Veainu Fullback 26 December 1990 (age 28) 11 England Leicester Tigers

Individual all-time records

Most caps

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
1. Nili Latu Flanker 2006–2017 48 47 1 28 5 0 1 0 19 28 1 40.62
2. Vunga Lilo Fullback 2007–2018 44 41 3 87 12 3 7 0 19 25 0 43.18
3. Siale Piutau Wing 2011–2019 43 41 2 32 6 1 0 0 17 25 1 40.69
4. Elisi Vunipola Fly-half 1990–2005 41 40 1 50 8 2 2 0 15 26 0 36.58
5. Pierre Hola Fly-half 1998–2009 39 38 1 312 10 68 39 3 13 26 0 33.33
Benhur Kivalu Number 8 1998–2005 39 35 4 40 8 0 0 0 14 24 1 37.17
7. Aleki Lutui Hooker 1999–2015 38 30 8 25 5 0 0 0 12 25 1 32.89
Kurt Morath Fly-half 2009– 38 32 6 340 2 48 78 0 18 20 0 47.36
Sonatane Takulua Scrum-half 2014- 38 36 2 216 9 36 33 0 16 21 1 43.42
10. David Halaifonua Wing 2009– 37 30 7 27 4 2 1 0 13 23 1 36.48
Sione Kalamafoni Flanker 2007– 37 33 4 10 2 0 0 0 12 25 0 32.43

Last updated: USA vs Tonga, 13 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Fetu'u Vainikolo Wing 2011–2016 28 27 1 85 17 0 0 0
2. Josh Taumalolo Centre 1996–2007 26 23 3 118 14 6 12 0
3. Vunga Lilo Fullback 2007–2018 44 41 3 87 12 3 7 0
4. Pierre Hola Fly-half 1998–2009 39 38 1 312 10 68 39 3
Fepikou Tatafu Centre 1996–2002 23 21 2 50 10 0 0 0
6. Viliame Iongi Wing 2011–2016 21 15 6 45 9 0 0 0
Benhur Kivalu Number 8 1998–2005 39 35 4 45 9 0 0 0
Sonatane Takulua Scrum-half 2014– 38 36 2 216 9 36 33 0
9. Telusa Veainu Wing 2015- 12 12 0 40 8 0 0 0
Elisi Vunipola Fly-half 1990–2005 41 40 1 50 8 2 2 0

Last updated: USA vs Tonga, 13 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Leading point scorers

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Kurt Morath Fly-half 2009– 38 32 6 340 2 48 78 0
2. Pierre Hola Fly-half 1998–2009 39 38 1 312 10 68 39 3
3. Sonatane Takulua Scrum-half 2014– 38 36 2 216 9 36 33 0
4. Sateki Tu'ipulotu Fullback 1993–2003 20 19 1 190 5 33 32 1
5. Fangatapu Apikotoa Fly-half 2004–2014 30 20 10 147 2 40 19 0
6. Josh Taumalolo Centre 1996–2007 26 23 3 118 14 6 12 0
7. Kusitafu Tonga Fullback 1996–2001 13 12 1 114 1 32 15 0
8. Vunga Lilo Fullback 2007–2018 44 41 3 87 12 3 7 0
9. Fetu'u Vainikolo Wing 2011–2016 28 27 1 85 17 0 0 0
10. Fepikou Tatafu Centre 1996–2002 23 21 2 50 10 0 0 0
Elisi Vunipola Fly-half 1990–2005 41 40 1 50 8 2 2 0

Last updated: USA vs Tonga, 13 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points in a match

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1. Pierre Hola Centre 39 1 17 0 0  South Korea Tonga Nuku'alofa 22/03/2003
2. Fangatapu Apikotoa Fly-half 30 2 10 0 0  South Korea New Zealand Henderson 10/02/2007
3. Sateki Tu'ipulotu Fullback 27 1 8 2 0  South Korea South Korea Seoul 04/05/1999
4. Benhur Kivalu Fly-half 25 5 0 0 0  South Korea Tonga Nuku'alofa 22/03/2003
5. Pierre Hola Fullback 24 0 9 1 1  Papua New Guinea Tonga Nuku'alofa 07/12/2002
6. Gustavo Tonga Fullback 23 1 9 0 0  Cook Islands Tonga Nuku'alofa 05/07/1997
7. Viliame Iongi Centre 20 4 0 0 0  United States England Esher 08/06/2011
Kurt Morath Fly-half 20 0 4 4 0  Fiji Fiji Lautoka 02/07/2011
Sonatane Takulua Scrum-half 20 1 3 3 0  Samoa Tonga Nuku'alofa 01/07/2017
10. 3 players on 19 points

Last updated: USA vs Tonga, 13 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries in a match

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1. Benhur Kivalu Number 8 25 5 0 0 0  South Korea Tonga Nuku'alofa 22/03/2003
2. Viliame Iongi Wing 20 4 0 0 0  United States England Esher 08/06/2011
3. Josh Taumalolo Fly-half 15 3 0 0 0  Cook Islands Tonga Nuku'alofa 05/07/1997
Josh Taumalolo Fullback 17 3 1 0 0  Georgia Georgia (country) Tbilisi 28/03/1999
Jonathan Koloi Flanker 15 3 0 0 0  South Korea South Korea Seoul 04/05/1999
Viliami Hakalo Wing 15 3 0 0 0  Cook Islands Cook Islands Raratonga 24/06/2006
7. 46 players on 2 tries

Last updated: USA vs Tonga, 13 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most matches as captain

# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Nili Latu Flanker 2006–2016 42 15 26 1 36.90 23 4 0 1 0
2. Siale Piutau Wing 2015-2019 19 9 10 0 47.36 22 4 1 0 0
3. Inoke Afeaki Lock 2001–2003 12 4 8 0 33.33 15 3 0 0 0
4. Fakahau Valu Flanker 1977–1987 11 0 11 0 0.00 12 3 0 0 0
5. Aleki Lutui Hooker 2004–2011 9 1 8 0 11.11 5 1 0 0 0
Elisi Vunipola Fly-half 1999–2001 9 4 5 0 44.44 15 3 0 0 0
7. Sione Mafi Pahulu Number 8 1973–1975 7 1 6 0 14.28 15 3 0 1 0
8. Siaosi Atiola Number 8 1987–1990 6 1 4 1 25.00 4 1 0 0 0
9. Mana Otai Number 8 1995 5 3 2 0 60.00 5 1 0 0 0
Fe'ao Vunipola Hooker 1994–1998 5 2 3 0 40.00 0 0 0 0 0

Last updated: USA vs Tonga, 13 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Youngest players

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1. Elisi Vunipola Fly-half 17 years and 292 days  Fiji Tonga Nukualofa 24/03/1990
2. Viliami Hakalo (Wing) 18 years and 182 days  Japan Japan Fukuoka 04/06/2006
3. Sione Kalamafoni (Flanker) 18 years and 268 days  South Korea New Zealand Henderson 10/02/2007
4. Soane Havea Scrum-half 18 years and 292 days  New Zealand New Zealand North Shore City 16/06/2000
5. Semi Taupeaafe Wing 18 years and 317 days  Fiji Fiji Suva 11/06/1991
6. Sinali Latu Number 8 18 years and 320 days  Fiji Fiji Suva 07/07/1984
7. Unuoi Va'enuku Centre 19 years and 51 days  France South Africa Pretoria 26/05/1995
8. Pita Alatini Centre 19 years and 119 days  Samoa Tonga Nuku'alofa 08/07/1995
9. Tevita 'Ahoafi (Scrum-half) 19 years and 171 days  Australia A Australia Sydney 25/05/2007
10. Isi Tapueluelu Centre 19 years and 176 days  Fiji Tonga Nuku'alofa 24/03/1990

Last updated: USA vs Tonga, 13 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Oldest players

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1. Fakahau Valu Flanker 37 years and 362 days  Ireland Australia Brisbane 03/06/1987
2. Polutele Tu'ihalamaka Lock 37 years and 249 days  Canada Australia Napier 24/05/1987
3. Aleki Lutui (Hooker) 37 years and 95 days  Argentina England Leicester 04/10/2015
4. Joe Tuineau Lock 36 years and 302 days  Samoa Fiji Suva 16/06/2018
5. Hale T-Pole Lock 36 years and 152 days  Namibia England Exeter 29/09/2015
6. Elvis Taione Hooker 36 years and 76 days  Canada Tonga Lautoka 08/08/2019
7. Rudi Kapeli Hooker 35 years and 311 days  Australia Australia Brisbane 04/07/1993
8. Tukulua Lokotui Lock 35 years and 282 days  New Zealand England Newcastle 09/10/2015
9. Vunga Lilo Wing 35 years and 269 days  Georgia Georgia (country) Tbilisi 24/11/2018
10. Kuli Faletau Lock 35 years and 185 days  Canada Tonga Nuku'alofa 03/07/1999

Last updated: USA vs Tonga, 13 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Kit history

Tonga usually wears a home kit consistent of a red shirt, white shorts and red socks and an away kit with the reversed colours. In the 1999 Rugby World Cup, Tonga wore an all-red home kit. Since 2007, Tongan traditional designs, similar to the ones found on the tapa cloths, were incorporated on the jersey design.

Kit Manufacturers:

  • 1970s-1999 Canterbury
  • 2000-2002 Carisbrook
  • 2003-2005 Sekem
  • 2005-2008 KooGa
  • 2008 Samurai Sportswear^a
  • 2008-2010 Aoniu^b
  • 2011-2012 KooGa/BLK
  • 2012-2015 Kukri
  • 2016- Mizuno
  • ^a Tonga wore Samurai Sportswear kits in the matches against Maori All Blacks and Japan in 2008
  • ^b Tonga wore kits manufactured by the local brand Aoniu in the 2008 end-of-year international tours.

Coaches

Name Span Mat Won Lost Draw %
Tonga Fred Wolfgramm[6] 1985
Tonga Prince Mailefihi 1986-1987
Tonga Fakahau Valu 1995
Tonga Polutele Tuʻihalamaka 1999-2000
Tonga Vaita Ueleni 2000-2001
New Zealand Jim Love 2001–2003 19 6 13 0 31.58
Australia Willie Ofahengaue 2004–2005 8 0 8 0 0.00
Australia Adam Leach 2006–2007 7 5 2 0 71.43
Tonga Quddus Fielea 2007–2010 16 5 11 0 31.25
New Zealand Isitolo Maka 2010–2011 14 7 7 0 50.00
Australia Toutai Kefu (caretaker) 2012 3 1 2 0 33.33
Tonga Mana Otai 2012–2015 24 11 12 1 47.91
Australia Toutai Kefu 2016–

Notable Former Players

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Haka and Sipi Tau set Lang Park alight ABC
  2. ^ a b "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  3. ^ Tonga rugby stats
  4. ^ "Kefu names squad tasked with making history". rugbyworldcup.com. Rugby World Cup. 1 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Tongan star Kurt Morath remains in a Sapporo hospital". Stuff New Zealand. Stuff New Zealand. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  6. ^ "2019 Rugby World Cup Ikale Tahi Mate Maa Tonga Supporters Page". www.facebook.com.

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External links

1982 Pacific Tri-Nations

The 1982 Pacific Tri-Nations was the first edition of the Pacific Tri-Nations tournament competed for between Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa with each team playing the other two teams once. Western Samoa were the inaugural winners winning both of their matches.

1995 Rugby World Cup – Oceania qualification

For the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, the Oceania teams from Australia, New Zealand and Western Samoa were granted automatic entry due to reaching the quarter-final stages of the 1991 tournament.Oceania was granted one further qualifying place, which was decided by a simple home and away play-off between Fiji and Tonga in 1993. Each team lost their home match, but Tonga won the play-off on aggregate score.

1995 Tonga rugby union tour of Japan

The 1995 Tonga rugby union tour of Japan was a series of matches played in February 1995 in Japan by Tonga national rugby union team, to prepare the 1995 Rugby World Cup

1997 Tonga rugby union tour of Africa

The 1997 Tonga rugby union tour of Africa was a series of matches played in May and June 1997 in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa by Tonga national rugby union team.

1997 Tonga rugby union tour of Great Britain

The 1997 Tonga rugby union tour of Great Britain was a series of matches played in October and November 1997 in Scotland, Wales and England Great Britain by Tonga national rugby union team.

2001 Tonga rugby union tour of Great Britain

The 2001 Tonga rugby union tour of Great Britain was a series of matches played in November 2001 in Scotland and Wales by Tonga national rugby union team.

2005 Pacific Tri-Nations

The 2005 Pacific Tri-Nations was the last Pacific Tri-Nations rugby union competition held between Fiji, Samoa, Tonga before the competition was replaced by the Pacific 5 Nations. The tournament ran from 25 June to 30 July and acted as part of the Oceania qualification for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Samoa won the tournament with Fiji coming second, meaning both qualified for the 2007 Rugby World Cup while Tonga had to enter a repechage.

2005 Tonga rugby union tour of Italy and France

The 2005 Tonga rugby union tour of Italy and France was a series of hour matches played in November 2005 in Italy and France by Tonga national rugby union team.

It was a tour with heavy losses, with only a victory in the opening match with the Italian second team.

History of rugby union matches between Georgia and Tonga

Georgia and Tonga have played 7 times, out of which Georgia have won 5 and Tonga 2 matches.

They played each other in the 2015 Rugby World Cup group stage and Georgia won the match 17–10.

History of rugby union matches between Tonga and Wales

Tonga and Wales have played each other 9 times as of 17th November 2018. Their first encounter came in 1986, when Wales won 15-7 at the Teufaiva Sport Stadium in Tonga's capital Nukuʻalofa. They have played each other twice during a Rugby World Cup; once in the 1987 tournament, and once in the 2003 tournament.

Tonga is yet to record a victory over Wales.

Pacific Rim Rugby Championship

The Pacific Rim Rugby Championship, also known as the Epson Cup for sponsorship purposes, was an international rugby union tournament contested by national teams from around the Pacific. The championship was held annually between 1996 and 2001.

The competition was run by the International Rugby Board. In the first three tournaments, Canada, United States, Japan and Hong Kong competed for the championship. The competition was expanded to six teams in 1999 with the Pacific Tri-Nations teams Fiji, Samoa and Tonga replacing Hong Kong for the last three tournaments.

Pacific Tri-Nations

The Pacific Tri-Nations was the traditional rugby union series between Tonga, Fiji and Samoa. It was established in 1982 with the Samoan team, then known as Western Samoa, winning the tournament. In 2006 it was replaced by the IRB Pacific 5 Nations which was then renamed the Pacific Nations Cup.

Between 1993 and 1995 the winner of the previous year's tournament played in the Super 10 competition alongside sides from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

In 2000, for the first time, they played a home and away Pacific tri-nations series, which instantly established itself as the number three series in the world after the Six Nations and the Tri-nations series.

In 2005, the tournament (won by Samoa) was also used to determine qualification for the Rugby World Cup 2007 (to be held in France). The top two teams (Samoa and Fiji) qualify automatically, while Tonga have to win a two-legged match, against the top team out of six small teams in Oceania (Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Niue and Papua New Guinea), before heading to the Repechage Round to face a nation from Asia for a spot in RWC 2007.

The first Women's Pacific Tri-Nations was held in 2006, and was won by Samoa.

Rugby union at the 1963 South Pacific Games

Rugby union at the 1963 South Pacific Games was played as a double round-robin with 3 men's teams competing. No finals were played and a complete set of gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the teams as per their finishing positions. Fiji was unbeaten in the tournament and were presented with their gold medals by the Governor of Fiji.

Teufaiva Sport Stadium

Teufaiva Sport Stadium which was previously known as Tenefaira Field Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga. It is used mostly for rugby union, football and rugby league and the Ikale Tahi team matches. The stadium holds 10,000 people. It is the home ground of the Tonga national football team. Teufaiva is where the Secondary School sports in Tonga are held (every year).

Tonga A national rugby union team

Tonga A is a national representative rugby union team of the Tongan rugby union. It is the second-tier side to the Tonga national rugby union team. Tonga A competes in the Pacific Challenge, formerly known as the Pacific Rugby Cup, against teams including Samoa A and Fiji Warriors. Since 2017, the team has also competed in the Americas Pacific Challenge.

Tonga national rugby sevens team

The Tonga national rugby sevens team competes in the IRB World Sevens Series. Tonga has participated in five Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Tonga national under-20 rugby union team

The Tonga national under-20 rugby union team competes in the IRB Junior World Championship since its inception in 2008. It replaced the former under 19 and 21 world championships. They have appeared in every competition since.

In 2014, the Tonga under-20 team was invited to compete at the Australian Under 20 Rugby Championship.

Tonga women's national rugby sevens team

The Tongan women's national sevens team represents Tonga in rugby sevens.

The team has played at the 2010 and 2011 Asia-Pacific Championship, the Oceania Women's Sevens Championship since 2012, and the 2015 2015 Pacific Games.They won the Bowl final at the 2011 Borneo Women’s Sevens competition which included teams from Asia and the Oceanic region.

Tonga women's national rugby union team

The Tonga women's national rugby union team are a national sporting side of Tonga, representing them at rugby union. The side first played in 2006 at the Women's Pacific Tri-Nations.

30 June 1973 Australia  11–16 Tonga Tonga Australia Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane  
Try: Cole
Tindall
Con: McGill
Report Try: Kavapalu
Latu
Mafi Pahulu
Vave
Attendance: 9,563
Referee: Australia Bob Burnett (Australia)
16 June 1999 Tonga Tonga 20–16  France Tonga Teufaiva Sport Stadium, Nukuʻalofa  
Try: Taufahema
Taumalolo (2)
Con: Sateki Tuipulotu
Pen: Sateki Tuipulotu
Report Try: Sarraméa
Con: Lamaison
Pen: Lamaison (3)
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Wales Clayton Thomas (Wales)
10 October 1999 Italy  25–28 Tonga Tonga England Welford Road, Leicester  
Try: Moscardi
Con: Domínguez
Pen: Domínguez (6)
Report Try: Fatani
Taufahema
Sateki Tuipulotu
Con: Sateki Tuipulotu (2)
Pen: Sateki Tuipulotu (2)
Drop: Sateki Tuipulotu
Attendance: 10,244
Referee: Republic of Ireland Dave McHugh (Ireland)
1 October 2011 France  14–19 Tonga Tonga New Zealand Westpac Stadium, Wellington  
Try: Clerc 80' m
Pen: Yachvili (3/3) 1', 23', 49'
Report Try: Hufanga 26' c
Con: Morath (1/1) 28'
Pen: Morath (4/8) 6', 35', 66', 72'
Attendance: 32,763
Referee: Australia Steve Walsh (Australia)
24 November 2012 Scotland  15–21 Tonga Tonga Scotland Pittodrie, Aberdeen  
Pen: Laidlaw (5/7) 10', 38', 46', 55', 61'
Report Try: Lokotui 51' c
Vainikolo 65' m
Con: Apikotoa (1/2) 52'
Pen: Apikotoa (3/5) 5', 64', 72'
Attendance: 20,306
Referee: France Mathieu Raynal (France)
26 November 2016 Italy  17–19  Tonga Italy Stadio Euganeo, Padua  
15:00 CET (UTC+1) Try: Cittadini 12' c
Allan 54' c
Con: Canna (1/1) 13'
Allan (1/1) 55'
Pen: Padovani (1/1) 77'
Report Try: Piutau 51' c
Con: Takulua (1/1) 53'
Pen: Takulua (4/5) 32', 45', 77', 80'
Attendance: 18,125
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
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