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TRUA Fundraising Appeal

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May
3

Tuesday 3rd May 2011

TRUA Fundraising Appeal

The Tonga Rugby Union Authority commenced fundraising efforts for the ‘Ikale Tahi Rugby World Cup campaign on Saturday 9th April 2011 with the Western District of Tongatapu 5 & 6 electoral constituencies.  The National Team, ‘Ikale Tahi will be participating in the Churchill Cup, London in June, the Pacific Nations Cup, Fiji in July and a two test series with Fiji in August before the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in September 2011.

The proceeds from the fundraising will go towards the costs associated with participation in these international matches prior to and during the tournaments.  The appeal will be made to the villages in Tongatapu as well as the outer islands and also the Tongan communities abroad.

The first appeal was held in the Western district of Tongatapu with TRUA Director Fakahau Valu and ex-national player Rocky Fotu leading the charge from Ha’atafu, Kanokupolu, ‘Ahau, Kolovai, Ha’avakatolo, Fo’ui, Kala’au, Fahefa and Vaotu’u.

Deputy Chairman ‘Aminiasi Kefu and Talai Fifita brought the appeal through Masilamea, Te’ekiu, Matahau, Nukunuku, Matafonua, Fatai and Lakepa.  Rev. Tevita Lataialakepa, TRUA Director and ex National player Rev. Peni Kaihau proceeded to visit the villages of Puke, Hofoa, Matalikufisi, Matangiake, Lomaiviti, ‘Utulau, Ha’akame, Ha’alalo and Houma to meet up and complete the appeal for the Western District.

The Chairman of the TRUA Fundraising Committee, Fakahau Valu stated that, “We are grateful for the support shown by the people of the Western District in this time of financial struggles.  They give because they were rugby players, their fathers were rugby players and they have sons who are playing rugby and they love the game.  We thank you very much.”

Over $5000 pa’anga was raised in the first appeal.  The fundraising will continue to the Central District on Thursday 12 May, Eastern District on the 19th May and the Town District on the 28th May.  In July, the fundraising will continue to the Tongan communities abroad of the US, Australia and New Zealand.

 

Scotland vs Tonga HSBC Sevens World Series

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Apr
26

Friday 25 March 2011

Tonga National 7’s team for Scotland vs Tonga HSBC Sevens World Series

The Coach for the Tonga National 7s Team, Siua Taumalolo, has selected the team for the first game, Scotland vs Tonga, in Day 1 of the HSBC Sevens World Series held in Hong Kong from the 25-27 March.

The Team:
Jack Ram (Captain)
Sione Vaiomo’unga
Paula Kata
Fangatapu ‘Apikotoa
Sosaia Palei
Etueni Siua
Samisoni Hafoka

Reserves
Siosiua Ma’afu
Seilame Tukuafu
Joseph Andy Lui
Aisea Fisilau
Fonua Tonga

Coach:  Siua Taumalolo
Manager:  ‘Eva Mafi
Physio:  Kristy Latu

Tonga is in Pool C with defending Hong Kong Sevens champion Samoa, Scotland and Mexico competing for the first time as part of the 24 team tournament.

Reports from Hong Kong states that the boys are well and focused on their preparations for the first game later tonight.

Game Schedule:
Friday 25 Mar. 2011
2016 hrs Scotland vs Tonga (0116 hrs Sat. 26 Mar. 2011 local Tonga time)
Saturday 26 Mar. 2011
1348 hrs Samoa vs Tonga (1848 hrs local Tonga time)
1600 hrs Tonga vs Mexico (2100 hrs local Tonga time

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Contact:
Melenaite Højelsen
Tel:  +676 26-045
Fax:  +676 26-044
Mob:  +676 840-5383
Email:  naite.hojelsen@tongarugbyunion.tbu.to

Tonga National 7’s team for Scotland vs Tonga HSBC Sevens World Series

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Apr
26

Press Release

Friday 25 March 2011

Tonga National 7’s team for Scotland vs Tonga HSBC Sevens World Series

The Coach for the Tonga National 7s Team, Siua Taumalolo, has selected the team for the first game Scotland vs Tonga in Day 1 of the HSBC Sevens World Series held in Hong Kong from the 25-27 March.

The Team:
Jack Ram (Captain)
Sione Vaiomo’unga
Paula Kata
Fangatapu ‘Apikotoa
Sosaia Palei
Etueni Siua
Samisoni Hafoka

Reserves
Siosiua Ma’afu
Seilame Tukuafu
Joseph Andy Lui
Aisea Fisilau
Fonua Tonga

Coach:  Siua Taumalolo
Manager:  ‘Eva Mafi
Physio:  Kristy Latu

Tonga is in Pool C with defending Hong Kong Sevens champion Samoa, Scotland and Mexico competing for the first time as part of the 24 team tournament.

Reports from Hong Kong states that the boys are well and focused on their preparations for the first game later tonight.

Game Schedule:
Friday 25 Mar. 2011
2016 hrs Scotland vs Tonga (0116 hrs Sat. 26 Mar. 2011 local Tonga time)
Saturday 26 Mar. 2011
1348 hrs Samoa vs Tonga (1848 hrs local Tonga time)
1600 hrs Tonga vs Mexico (2100 hrs local Tonga time

END/NGATA’ANGA
Contact:
Melenaite Højelsen
Tel:  +676 26-045
Fax:  +676 26-044
Mob:  +676 840-5383
Email:  naite.hojelsen@tongarugbyunion.tbu.to

Toutai Kefu joins Rugby World Cup campaign

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Apr
26

Wallaby great Toutai Kefu has been appointed as a skills coach for the Ikale Tahi’s 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign.

Toutai, who now lives in Queensland and coaches the Sunshine Coast Stingrays in the Brisbane Premiership competition, will join the team prior to the Ikale Tahi competing in the Churchill Cup tournament being held in London during June of this year.
In announcing the appointment head coach Isitolo Maka said he was delighted to have Toutai on board “ Toutai will bring a wealth of experience to the team having played at the top international level for so long. He has been coached by the best international coaches in the business as well as having himself coached in Japan and Australia. He fully understands the Tongan way of playing rugby”.

Toutai who played sixty Tests for the Wallabies said he was delighted with his appointment. “It has been a dream of mine throughout my professional rugby career to get involved in a coaching capacity with Tonga and the Ikale Tahi after I retired from playing. To be appointed to assist Isitolo in this World Cup year is a tremendous honour. I am really looking forward to working with Isitolo and also Chairman Bob Tuckey with whom I’ve been associated since my under- age representative days in Brisbane and throughout my Queensland Reds and Wallabies career”.

Bob Tuckey commented that “of Toutai’s sixty Test matches thirteen have been against the All Blacks. He has played in every major rugby venue in the world in front of huge crowds and played in a winning Rugby World Cup final. His experience and understanding of what is required to perform at that level and in those circumstances will prove invaluable to the Ikale Tahi. We are indeed fortunate to have someone of Toutai’s stature and experience join Tonga Rugby Union”.

The Ikale Tahi will assemble in London during the last week of May 2011 for the Churchill Cup together with Canada, USA, Russia, Italy A and England Saxons.  Thereafter the Ikale Tahi will contest the Pacific Nations Cup in Japan during July followed by a two Test series against Fiji in August 2011 before heading off on the 5th September to the World Cup in New Zealand.

Tongan
Kau Toutai Kefu Teuteu ki he Ipu ‘a Mamani

Kuo fakanofo ‘a Toutai Kefu, ko e tangata va’inga Wallaby ‘iloa, ke ne hoko ko e taha ‘o e kau Faiako   ki he ‘Ikale Tahii ‘I he teuteu Fe’auhi Ipu ‘a Mamani.

‘Oku nofo Kuinisilani ‘a Toutai ‘o ne faiako ‘I he Sunshine Coast Stingrays ‘I he fe’auhi kalasi ‘uluaki ‘a Pilisipeini pea te ne kau mai kimu’a ‘I he feinga tau ‘a e ‘Ikale Tahii ‘I he Churchill Cup ‘I Lonitoni ‘I Sune ‘o e ta’u ni.

Ne fiefia lahi foki ’a e Faiako ‘o e ‘Ikale Tahii, ‘Isitolo Maka ‘I he kau mai ‘a Toutai Kefu, “Kuo ne a’usia pea taukei va’inga fakavaha’a pule’anga, kau ki ai mo e taimi na’e ako ai mei he kau faiako ‘akapulu lelei taha fakavaha’a pule’angaa ‘I he mala’e ‘o e ‘akapuluu, pea na’a ne toe faiako foki ‘I Siapani mo ‘Aositelelia.  ‘Oku ne ‘ilo lelei pea mahino ki ai ‘a ‘etau founga va’inga faka-Tongaa.”

Ko e va’inga tesi tu’o ono noa eni ‘a Toutai kuo ne fakahoko ma’ae Wallabies pea ‘oku ne fiefia lahi ‘I he lakanga kuo tuku angee, “Ko e taha ia ‘o ‘eku faka’amuu ‘I he’eku malolo mai mei he mala’e va’ingaa, ke u kau atu ‘I he tu’unga faiakoo ma’a Tonga  pea mo e ‘Ikale Tahii.  ‘Oku ou langilangi’ia lahi ke u hoko ko e tokoni kia ‘Isitolo ‘I he Ipu ‘a Mamani ‘o e ta’u ni.  ‘Oku ou ‘amanaki lelei ki he fengaue’aki  mo ‘Isitolo pea mo e Seaa, Bob Tuckey, ko hoku kaunga ngaue mo maheni talu mei he taimi ne u va’inga ai he va’inga fakata’uu ‘I Brisbane pea mo hoku taimi ‘I he Queensland Reds mo e Wallabies.”

Na’e pehe ‘e Bob Tuckey, “’I he ngaahi tesi ‘e ono noa (60) ‘a Toutaii, ko e taha tolu (13) ai ko e va’inga mo e All Blacks.  Kuo ne ‘osi va’inga ‘I he ngaahi mala’e ‘iloa ‘I mamani ‘I he  ha’oha’onga ‘ o e fu’u kakai tokolahi pea mo kau ‘I he timi ne nau ikuna ‘a e fe’auhi Ipu ‘a Mamani.  Ko e taukei mo e maheni va’inga ‘I he tu’unga ko iaa, ‘e matu’aki mahu’inga ‘aupito ki he ‘Ikale Tahi.  ‘Oku tau ta’imalie ke ma’u mai ha tokotaha mo e taukei ‘oku ma’u ‘e Toutai ke kau mai ki he ‘Akapulu ‘Iunioni ‘a Tonga.”

‘E fakataha ‘a e ‘Ikale Tahi ki Lonitoni ‘I he uike faka’osi ‘o Me 2011 ki he Churchill Cup fakataha mo Kanata, ‘Amelika, Lusia, Itali A mo e England Saxons.  Hili ia ‘e kau atu ‘a e ‘Ikale Tahi ki he Pacific Nations Cup ‘I Siapani lolotonga ‘a Siulaii, pea hoko ki ha tau tesi ‘e 2 mo Fisi ‘I ‘Aokosi 2011 kimu’a pea nau toki folau atu ‘I he ‘aho 5 Sepitemaa ki he Fe’auhi Ipu ‘a Mamanii ‘I Nu’u Sila.

ENDS/Ngata’anga

Contact
Melenaite Hojelsen
Tonga Rugby Union Authority
Tel:  +676 26-045
Fax:  +676 26-044
Email:  naite.hojelsen@tongarugbyunion.tbu.to

Coach & Referee Training Workshop, Ha’apai

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Apr
26

Press Release

Tuesday 08 March 20011

Coach & Referee Training Workshop, Ha’apai, 2-3 March 2011
A Training Workshop was conducted for Coaches & Referees in the Ha’apai group on the 2nd and 3rd March 2011.  The Training Workshop was conducted by ‘Etoni Tonga, TRUA Rugby & Referees Development Manager and ‘Otenili Tu’ipulotu, IRB Regional Trainer and aimed at conducting the rugby development level 1 courses so that the standard of play improves in Ha’apai schools rugby.

The Workshop was attended by 8 participants of whom 6 were secondary school teachers.  A follow-up Level 1 Workshop will be conducted in the second week of April aimed at the local club rugby coaches and officials.

A similar Level 1 Workshop will be held in Vava’u from the 28th March to the 1st of April specifically for Coaches & Referees at primary & secondary schools rugby.

Tongan

Na’e fakahoko ‘I he Pulelulu mo e Tu’apulelulu ‘o e uike kuo ‘osii ‘a e polokalama ako levolo 1 ‘a e kau faiako mo e kau fakamaau ‘o e ‘Otu Ha’apai.  Ko e polokalama ako ni ne fakahoko ia ‘e ‘Etoni Tonga, ‘Ofisa Fakalakalaka ‘o e ‘Akapulu mo e kau Fakamaau pea mo ‘Otenili Tu’ipulotu, Faiako Fakafeitu’u ki he kau Faiako mo e kau Fakamaau ‘a e Poate ‘Akapulu ‘a Mamani  (IRB Regional Trainer).

Ne lava e polokalama ako levolo ‘uluaki (level 1) ‘o fakahoko ki he toko 8 ‘o fakataumu’a ki he kau faiako ‘I he akosi’I (primary) pea mo e ako ma’olunga (secondary).  ‘I he toko 8 ne kau mai ki he ako, ko e toko 6 ai ko e kau faiako mei he ngaahi ako ma’olunga.  ‘Oku ‘amanaki ke toe fakahoko ‘a e polokalama ako tatau levolo ‘uluaki ‘I Ha’apai ai pe ki he ngaahi kalapu ‘akapuluu ‘I he uike hono ua ‘o ‘Epeleli.

Ko e vahefonua Vava’u ‘e fakahoko ‘a e ako levolo ‘uluaki ‘I he fakamaau mo e faiako ‘akapuluu ‘I he ‘aho 28 Ma’asi ki he ‘aho 1st ‘Epeleli ‘o fakataumu’a ki he kau fakamaau mo e kau faiako ‘akapulu ‘I he ngaahi akoo ‘o tatau pe ‘I he ako si’I pea mo e ako ma’olunga.

IRB/FORU Trainers’ Workshop Programme 14-17 March 2011, Millennium Institute, Auckland, New Zealand
Tonga Rugby Union Authority will participate at the IRB/FORU Trainers’ Workshop in Auckland, New Zealand from the 14-17th March 2011.  ‘Etoni Tonga, TRUA Rugby & Referees Development Manager and ‘Otenili Tu’ipulotu, IRB Regional Trainer will both be facilitating during the four day Workshop.  ‘Otenili Tu’ipulotu will facilitate Coaching Sevens Level 1 and ‘Etoni Tonga facilitating Officiating 7’s Level 1.

The Workshop theme is to ensure the effectiveness of visiting licensed trainers and educators by conducting revision programmes for effective delivery in meeting the needs of the unions.  FORU is one of six regional associations of the IRB and is responsible for representing the interests of its 11 Member Unions and 4 Associate Members to promote the growth of Rugby throughout Oceania.

Tongan

‘Oku ‘amanaki ke kau atu ‘a ‘Etoni Tonga, Pule ki he Fakalakalaka ‘o e ‘Akapulu mo e kau Fakamaau,  pea mo ‘Otenili Tu’ipulotu, Faiako Fakafeitu’u ki he kau Faiako mo e kau Fakamaau ‘a e Poate ‘Akapulu ‘a Mamani, ki he polokalama ako ‘oku ‘amanaki ke fakahoko ‘I he ‘aho 14-17 Ma’asi 2011 ‘I ‘Aokalani, Nu’u Sila.  Koe polokalama ako ni ko e fengaue’aki ‘a e Poate ‘Akapulu ‘a Mamani (IRB) pea mo e ‘Akapulu ‘Iunioni Fakatahataha ‘o ‘Osenia (FORU-  Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions) ‘o fakataumu’a ke  toe ‘aonga ange ‘a e kau faiako kuo laiseni ki he FORU, ‘I hano sivi’I ke toe lelei ange ‘a e founga fakahoko ngauee ‘o fakatatau ki he ngaahi fiema’u ‘a e ngaahi ‘iunioni ‘akapulu taki taha.

‘Oku kau atu ‘a ‘Etoni Tonga ko e tokoni ki he ako Levolo 1 ki he Fakamaau ‘I he Tautau Toko 7 pea tokoni leva ‘a ‘Otenili Tu’ipulotu ki he ako Levolo 1 ki he Faiako ‘I he Tautau Toko 7.

Ko e FORU ‘oku ‘I ai hono kau memipa ‘e 11 pea memipa fakakautaha ‘e 4 ‘o taumu’a’aki ke faka’ai’ai ‘a e tupulaki ‘a e ‘akapulu ‘I hono ngaahi fonua memipa.

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Contact
Melenaite Hojelsen
Tel:  +676 26-045
Fax:  +676 26-044
Email:  naite.hojelsen@tongarugbyunion.tbu.to

First World Cup 1987 and former ‘Ikale Tahi captains

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Feb
24

Part of the squad to the 1st Rugby World Cup in 1987 Fakahau Valu, Polutele Tu’ihalamaka, HRH Prince Mailefihi Tuku’aho, ‘Alamoni Liava’a, ‘Amone Afu and Talai Fifita.

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Official RWC 2011 Team

19. Alaska Nikolasi TAUFA 8. Sione Ma'ake KALAMAFONI 30. Taufa'ao FILISE 2. Faka'anaua ki 'Alisona TAUMALOLO 9. Samiu Kaufusi VAHAFOLAU 6. Kelekolio Paino HEHEA 12. Ephraim TAUKAFA 21. Sione Fale ki he Fohe VAIOMO'UNGA 23. Siale Vailea PIUTAU 5. Tukulua 'Atu LOKOTUI 24. Sione Lamipeti Ngalu TIMANI 15. Thomas Ta'ufo'ou PALU 13. 'Aloisio 'Ilaisia Ma'asi 28. Latu Alipate H. Naqasima FATAFEHI 22. Vungakoto Filimone LILO 27. Fetu'umoana VAINIKOLO 25. William Fetu'ufuka Ukumaki Aorere HELU 10. Finau MAKA 17. Viliame Volavola 'IONGI 16. Kurt Stanley MORATH 7. Joseph Mark Laifone TU'INEAU