Tonga battle hard to beat spirited Namibia side

Phil Blanche   Tonga moved into second place in Pool C with a 35-21 World Cup victory over Namibia in Exeter.

Romania to donate match profits to sick player

Tongan flanker Sione Vaiomounga (right).

Romania will donate the profits from ticket sales for Saturday's rugby match against Tonga to a Tonga-born player who is suffering from kidney failure, officials said.

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Scotland crush Tonga in five-try rout

Finn Russell of Scotland is tackled by Latiume Fosita of Tonga.

Scotland ran in five tries and conceded none for an emphatic 37-12 win over Tonga at Kilmarnock on Saturday, the first test involving a major rugby nation to be played on an artificial pitch.

Stunning burst by Tonga puts Americans away


A three-try burst in six minutes allowed Tonga to race away from the United States in a 40-12 rugby win on Saturday at Kingsholm in England.


White in short-term role as Tonga rugby adviser

Former Brumbies coach Jake White.

Rugby World Cup-winning coach Jake White will act as technical adviser to Tonga during the Pacific side's northern hemisphere tour next month.

Tonga snatch draw with Samoa

Samoan skipper David Lemi.

Underdogs Tonga snatched an 18-18 draw in injury time against Samoa to launch the Pacific Nations Cup tournament in dramatic fashion in Apia on Saturday.


Tongan tobogganer powers to Games on back of marketing ploy

Bruno Banani.

Michael Field   Tonga's first winter Olympian is the marketing tool of a German underwear maker.



Tonga make four changes for Wales clash

Eddie Aholelei.

Tonga have announced four changes to the side beaten by France for Friday's encounter with Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.



Parra guides France past Tonga as tempers flare

France's Yannick Forestier.

Morgan Parra guided a listless France to a 38-18 victory over Tonga in an ill-tempered one-off Test match at Le Havre's Stade Oceane on Saturday.



Canada beats Tonga to stretch Cup lead

The Tonga.

James Pritchard scored a try and went 7-for-7 on penalty kicks and conversions to spark Canada over Tonga 36-27 in a Pacific Nations Cup rugby match on a rainy Saturday at Queen's University.


Scotland crash to historic humiliating defeat

Halani Aulika.

David Kelso   Coach Andy Robinson's job is on the line after Scotland plunged to the most humiliating defeat in their history, beaten 15-21 by lowly Tonga.


Italy prepare for All Blacks with edgy win over Tonga

Sergio Parisse.

Italy warmed up for the visit of two rugby heavyweights in the coming weeks with an unconvincing 28-23 win over a feisty Tonga side here on Saturday.

Pacific nations face World Cup 'blackmail'

Former All Black Simon Mannix has alleged three Fijian players at the French club he coached last year were paid to be unavailable for the Rugby World Cup.

Talebula double steers Fiji to victory over Tonga

Fiji Rugby

Fullback Metuisela Talebula bagged two tries as Fiji turned around a half-time deficit to beat Tonga 29-17 in Pacific Nations Cup match at Churchill Park.


Tonga crushes Japan's tite hopes


Pacific Nations Cup holders Japan saw their hopes of retaining the title extinguished as they crashed to Tonga 24-20 on Sunday in Tokyo.

Samoa beat Tonga 20-18 in Pacific Nations Cup

Samoa's Sakaria Taulafo.

Scrum half Galuefa Falamoe touched down early in the second half to lead Samoa to a 20-18 win over Tonga in the opener of the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament on Tuesday.


Ashley-Cooper named for Waratahs trial

Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Star recruit Adam Ashley-Cooper will make his first appearance for NSW when the Waratahs host Tonga in pre-season trial at the Sydney Football Stadium on Friday night.

Lievremont's reaction

Tongan triumph leaves French in disarray

French rugby team coach, Marc Lievremont.

Baptiste Pace   WELLINGTON: France coach Marc Lievremont said his side's Rugby World Cup loss to Tonga left him with a sense of ''deep personal failure'', but he also had harsh words for his players.

Tonga shock France, but Les Bleus advance


Tonga pulled off one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history when they beat Six Nations heavyweights France 19-14 in their final pool match here on Saturday.

French eye Tonga win

French rugby team coach, Marc Lievremont.

Luke Phillips   WELLINGTON: France coach Marc Lievremont said his team's focus was solely on beating Tonga in their final pool match on Saturday to ensure they qualify for the quarter-finals.