‘Isitolo Maka & Toutai Kefu in Europe

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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.



Melenaite Højelsen

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Email:  naite.hojelsen@tongarugbyunion.tbu.to

2 Comments to “‘Isitolo Maka & Toutai Kefu in Europe”

  • Do you people have a facebook fan page? I looked for one on twitter but could not discover one, I would really like to become a fan!

    • There are a few fb pages set up by others for the Tonga national rugby team ‘Ikale Tahi but as for one set up by our office, no we don’t.

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