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Fakamatala ki he mitia mei he ma’u mafai ‘o e ‘iunioni ‘akapulu ‘o tonga

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Jul
28

FAKAHA ‘A E ‘AKAUNI PANGIKE FO’OU KI HE FAKATANGI FEINGA PA’ANGA

‘Oku fiefia ‘a e Ma’uMafai ‘o e ‘Iunioni ‘Akapulu ‘o Tonga kefakaha ki he Hou’eikimo e kakai ‘o e Fonua pehe ki he ngaahipisinisi, kuofokotu’u ‘a e ‘akaunipangike ‘i he pangike Westpac Bank of Tonga kefakafaingofua’I ‘a ngaahipisinisimo e Hou’eikimo e kakai ‘a e Fonua kenaufakahuhangatonuha’anau ‘ofa pa’anga ki he ngaahifeingaketeuteu ‘a e ‘Ikale Tahi ki he Fe’auhiIpu ‘a Mamani.

Ko e hingoa ‘o e ‘akaunipangikeko e “Tonga Rugby Union Authority – RWC 2011 Fund Raising Account”

Ko e fika ‘a e ‘akaunipangikeko e 2000836458.

‘Oku lotofoki ‘a e Ma’uMafaikenefakamalo’ia’i ‘a e ngaahitokonikotoakuofakahokomai, hangeko Fine Tohi mo e kautaha Dateline Transam Shipping, fanaumo e makapuna ‘a e tangata ‘Ikale Tahi tutuku ;iloakuopekiakoSiaosiSelupe II, pea moKalafi Moalamo e kautahaTaimi Media Network.

‘Oku keitu’upefoki ‘a e fakaafe ‘a e Ma’uMafai ki he Hou’eikimo e kakai ‘o e Fonuae, pehe ki he ngaahipisinisikenautokonimai ki he faka-tangifeinga pa’anga ko’eni ‘oku ‘amanakifakahoko.

Faka’apa’apa atu

Ma’uMafai ‘o e ‘Iunioni ‘Akapulu ‘o Tonga

Fasimoeafi

6 ‘Epeleli 2011

—- NGATA ‘O E FAKAMATALA —-

Kiha toe faka’eke’eke, fetu’utakikia:

‘Aminiasi Kefu

Tokoni Sea ‘o e Poate ‘o e KauTalekita

Ma’uMafai ‘o e ‘Iunioni ‘Akapulu ‘a Tonga

Hala Salote, Fasimoeafi
Telefoni: (676) 26 044 (Office) / (676) 7715314
‘Imeili: aminiasi@kalianet.to

Tonga Under 20s to IRB Junior Rugby World Championship, Italy

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Jul
28

The Tonga Under 20s Coach, BenhurKivalu, along with the selection panel have announced the squad to travel to Italy for the IRB Junior World Championship to be held from the 10th to the 26th June 2011.

Prior to departing for Italy, the squad will also pick up the remainder of the team for a full strength contingent, in Auckland, New Zealand.  The team will be in New Zealand for a week and will play a warm up game against the New Zealand National Under 20swho will also be at Junior Rugby World Championship in Italy.  The game will be on Thursday 2nd of June 2011, 3 pm at East Coast Bays Rugby Club, North Shore.

“We are looking forward to our games in Italy.  The boys have been physically and mentally prepared for the clash.  We are in the same pool with Australia, France and Fiji, not to mention the other eight countries vying for the title this year,” says BenhurKivalu, Under 20 Coach.  “We have boys who have been in the national 7s team as well as the Licensed Training Centre and other age grade competitions, so we expect higher standards of them and the experience to perform in the international arena.”

The Tonga Under 20s team departs for New Zealand on 30th May and onwards to Italy on the 5th June.  The team will arrive back in the Kingdom on the 30th June 2011.

The Tonga Under 20 National Squad:

  1. Elisi Pulu
  2. GafatasiSu’a
  3. ‘Ofa Tu’ungafasi
  4. NehumiFihiVanisi
  5. Loni Toumohuni
  6. ‘Ofa he Lotu Finau
  7. Motekiai Lyndon John Faeamani
  8. LautaimiFetuani
  9. SefoOlivetiMa’ake
  10. MesuilameMahe’uli’uliSimote Vea
  11. Siale Tonga Talakai
  12. Pita Ahki
  13. MalakaiFekitoa
  14. OtuleaKatoa
  15. SamiuelaVaka
  16. SosefoSakalia
  17. Sione Tupou Frank Koloamatangi
  18. Sam Finau
  19. Matthew Howling
  20. Lose o Makahokovalu Tukufuka
  21. TongatoutaiPaletu’aAfu
  22. Junior Ngaluafe
  23. SioeliFakapuliaVeamatahau
  24. MaamaloaTaufa
  25. Talimasiva I Makatolo a HaukinimaSili
  26. SolomoneKioa

Officials

  1. Lt. Commander Sione Lino – U20 Manager
  2. BenhurKivalu – U20 Coach
  3. SolomoneLemoto – U20 Assistant Coach
  4. Semisi Fonua – U20 Trainer
  5. Dr. Tevita Vakasiuola, U20 Team Doctor
  6. Chloe Priest, Physiotherapist

‘Ikale Tahi meets Italy A

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Jun
19

Worcester, United Kingdom: The ‘Ikale Tahi will meet an Italian A team in the final for the plate of the Churchill Cup 2011 at Sixways Stadium, Worcester, UK tomorrow, 18 June.

In the other final matches tomorrow, will be the USA versus Russia for the Bowl and England Saxons versus Canada for the Cup.

The ‘Ikale Tahi team for tomorrow -

1. ‘Ofa Faingaanuku (prop)
2. ‘Atonio Halangahu (hooker)
3. Kisi Pulu (prop)
4. Joshua Afu (lock)
5. ‘Emosi Kauhenga (lock)
6. Sione Timani (blindside flanker)
7. Paula Kaho (openside flanker)
8. Pasuka Mapakaitolo (no: 8)
9. Soane Havea (halfback)
10. Edmond Paea (no: 10)
11. Viliami ‘Iongi (wing)
12. Tomasi Sili (2nd five)
13. Sukanaivalu Hufanga (centre)
14. William Helu (wing)
15. Mateo Malupo (fullback)
16. Semisi Telefoni (forward)
17. Maleko Latu (forward)
18. Tevita Ula (forward)
19. Pepa Koloamatangi (forward)
20. Daniel Morath (backs)
21. Kurt Morath (backs)
22. Sione Fonua (backs)

50 Players for ‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach

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May
3

Wednesday 20 April 2011

50 Players for ‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach

A squad of fifty (50) players was today announced by ‘Isitolo Maka, ‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach as part of the ‘Ikale Tahi preparation in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2011.

The 50 is a mixture of local and overseas based players with opportunities to perform at the Churchill Cup, the IRB Pacific Nations Cup and the 2 test matches against Fiji.

1.  Soane Tonga’uiha

2.  Alisona Taumalolo

3.  Kisi Pulu

4.  Tonga Lea’aetoa

5.  Halani ‘Aulika

6.  Maleko Latu

7.  Tukulua Lokotui

8.  Sitaleki Timani

9.  ‘Emosi Kauhenga

10.  Lisiate Fa’aoso

11.  Paino Hehea

12.  Joe Tu’ineau
13.  Sione Kalamafoni

14.Sitiveni O. Mafi

15.  Josh Afu

16.  Samiu Vahafolau

17.  Finau Maka

18.  Viliami Ma’afu

19.  Sione Timani

20.  Ifalemi Taukafa

21.  Antonio Halangahu

22.  Semisi Telefoni

23.  Ilaisa Ma’asi

24.  Pepa Koloamatangi

25.  Samisoni Fisilau

26.  Daniel Morath

27.  Etimoni Paea

28.  Tomasi Palu

29.  Soane Havea

30.  Kurt Morath

31.  Paula Kaho

32.  Tevita Ula

33.  Viliami Iongi

34.  Mafile’o Kefu

35.  Andrew Ma’ilei

36.  Tomasi Sili

37.  Alipate Fatafehi

38.  Alaska Taufa

39.  Viliami Helu

40.  Atieli Pakalani

41.  Tevita Halaifonua

42.  Mateo Malupo

43.  Vunagkoto Lilo

44.  Cooper Vuna

45.  Siale Piutau

46.  Hudson Tonga’uiha

47.  Silivenusi Taumoepeau

48.  Taufa’ao Filise

49.  Sione Fonua

50.  Pasuka Mapakaitolo

At the conclusion of Churchill Cup, a final squad is required to be submitted to Rugby World Cup.

The final Rugby World Cup team of 30 players has to be named by the 22nd August 2011. With the representative program for the ‘Ikale Tahi in June, July and August, each of the players named above will have every opportunity to press for selection in the final 30.

END/NGATA’ANGA

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Melenaite Højelsen
Tel: +676 26-045
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Mob: +676 840-5383
Email: naite.hojelsen@tongarugbyunion.tbu.to

‘Ikale Tahi for the Churchill Cup, 3-19 June 2011

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May
3

Media Release                                                                                                Friday 15 April 2011

‘Ikale Tahi for the Churchill Cup

‘Isitolo Maka, Head Coach of the ‘Ikale Tahi, today released the names of the twenty eight players who will make up the National team to contest the Churchill Cup being held in the United Kingdom during June.

This is the first time Tonga or any other Pacific Island team has been invited into this tournament which traditionally is comprised of Northern Hemisphere teams.

The Churchill Cup tournament is contested in two pools of three teams. Tonga has the USA and England Saxons in its pool whilst the second pool is made up of Canada, Russia and Italy A.  After the pool phase, first, second and third in each pool then play off for the Cup, Bowl and Plate.

‘Isitolo Maka said that he and his co-selectors have identified a wider squad of fifty players for consideration for the Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand later in the year and that the twenty eight selected for this tour were drawn from that squad. “Those players not included in this team will get their chance in July when the ‘Ikale Tahi contests the IRB Pacific Nations Cup”.

“With the Churchill Cup, the Pacific Nations Cup and two Test matches against Fiji during August we will have a very good lead in to the World Cup and the fifty players in the squad will have every opportunity to press their claims for selection in the final RWC  team of thirty players” Isitolo said

The team will assemble in London on Friday, 3rd June 2011.

Position First name Last name Country Village
Prop Kisi Pulu (captain) France Leimatu’a
  Tonga Lea’aetoa France Talafo’ou
  Maleko Latu Tonga Tokomololo
  Taufa’ao Filise Wales Malapo/Fo’ui
Hooker Ilaisa Ma’asi New Zealand Halaleva
  Atonio Halangahu Australia Ha’alaufuli
  Semisi Telefoni France Holopeka, HAP
Locks Steven Mafi England Ahau
  Josh Afu England Masilamea
  Emosi Kauhenga Japan Folaha
Loose/F Pasuka Mapakaitolo Japan Vaini/Kolofo’ou
  Pepa Koloamatangi New Zealand Pangaimotu, VAV
  Tevita Ula Tonga Kameli/Fasi
  Paula Kaho Australia Matahau, Vaotu’u, Nukunuku, Neiafu
No.8 Viliami Ma’afu Japan Kolovai/Longolongo
  Sione Timani Wales Navutoka
Halfback Soane Havea Tonga Ma’ufanga
  Daniel Morath New Zealand Leimatu’a
First 5/8 Kurt Morath (V/captain) Australia Leimatu’a
  Tevita Halaifonua Tonga Houma, VAV, Kolomotu’a
Inside Tomasi Sili Tonga Haveluliku
  Silivenusi Kauhea Taumoepeau Japan Kolofo’ou
Centre Alipate Fatafehi France Nadroga, Fisi
  Hudson Tonga’uiha England Vaini
Wing Viliami Helu New Zealand Fasi, Wellington, NZ
  Viliami Iongi Australia Ha’akame
  Sione Fonua New Zealand Ha’ateiho
Fullback Mateo Malupo Tonga Isileli, Sopu

 

END/NGATA’ANGA

Contact:

Melenaite Højelsen

Tel:  +676 26-045

Fax:  +676 26-044

Mob:  +676 840-5383

Email:  naite.hojelsen@tongarugbyunion.tbu.to

‘Isitolo Maka & Toutai Kefu in Europe

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May
3

Media Release                                                                                    Friday 29th April 2011

Maka & Kefu in Europe

‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach ‘Isitolo Maka and newly appointed skills coach Toutai Kefu arrived in London today on a ten day whirlwind journey of France and the United Kingdom.

Whilst there they will meet up with Tonga’s European based National rugby players and also officials of clubs they play for, on a pre-Rugby World Cup briefing of players and fact finding mission.

Late this afternoon ‘Isitolo and Toutai will catch a flight to Bordeaux, France to start the French leg of their journey. From Bordeaux they will travel to Agen, Perpignan, Aix-en- Provence, Toulon and Lyon before heading back to the United Kingdom next Thursday evening to Manchester and London.

“Emails and phone calls are one thing but they can’t beat face to face meetings on such an important matter as Rugby World Cup preparations,” TRUA Chairman Bob Tuckey said.  “Most importantly the coaches will take the opportunity to discuss with the players’ clubs the ‘Ikale Tahi timetable for tournament and camp assemblies and check on the players’ injury profile and conditioning programmes.”

‘Isitolo will travel direct from London to New Zealand where he will spend a number of days catching up with some of the New Zealand based players for the same purpose, before returning to Tonga.

The Southern Hemisphere contingent for the Churchill Cup will leave Tonga for London on the 1st June 2011 as assembly in London is on the 3rd June.  Following the Churchill Cup, the ‘Ikale Tahi will participate in the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC), now scheduled to be held in Fiji.  The change in venue was due to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the north-east coast of Japan on March 11. The PNC will be held in Fiji from the 2-13 July between Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and Japan.

ENDS

Contact:

Melenaite Højelsen

Tel:  +676 26-045

Fax:  +676 26-044

Mob:  +676 840-5383

Email:  naite.hojelsen@tongarugbyunion.tbu.to

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Official RWC 2011 Team

4.  Halani 'AULIKA 20. Sukanaivalu Ikavuka HUFANGA 8. Sione Ma'ake KALAMAFONI 5. Tukulua 'Atu LOKOTUI 11. Viliami Suaesi MA'AFU 22. Vungakoto Filimone LILO 10. Finau MAKA 29. 'Aleki 'Aho LUTUI 15. Thomas Ta'ufo'ou PALU 23. Siale Vailea PIUTAU 6. Kelekolio Paino HEHEA 28. Latu Alipate H. Naqasima FATAFEHI 14. Samisoni FISILAU 9. Samiu Kaufusi VAHAFOLAU 18. Andrew Kautonga MA'ILEI 1. Soane Longopoa TONGA'UIHA 17. Viliame Volavola 'IONGI 7. Joseph Mark Laifone TU'INEAU 16. Kurt Stanley MORATH 13. 'Aloisio 'Ilaisia Ma'asi 21. Sione Fale ki he Fohe VAIOMO'UNGA