Ikale Tahi

Tonga will not renew coach Otai’s contract

Tonga will not renew coach Otai’s contract

'Ikale Tahi's coach, Manakaetau 'Otai will not take Tonga's national team to next year's Rugby Union World Cup because Tonga Rugby Union (TRU)  board has refused to extend his contract when it expires next month, it was confirmed to Kaniva News this evening. 'Otai said he just received telephone call from TRU Chairperson, ‘Epeli Taione, […]

Wales claim hard-fought win over Tonga

Wales claim hard-fought win over Tonga

Wales 17-7 Tonga Tries by centres Owen Williams and Ashley Beck gave Wales an uninspiring win over gutsy, hard-grafting Tonga at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. [BBC report]: All the scores came in the first 34 minutes as Williams broke clear and Beck defied the touchline, while Leigh Halfpenny kicked seven points. London Wasps wing Will Helu […]

Tonga make four changes for Wales test

Tonga make four changes for Wales test

Tonga Head Coach, Mana 'Otai have made four changes for Friday night’s clash against Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Taumalolo has been handed with a four weeks ban and surely miss this last game. Taumalolo has been replaced by Melbourne Rebels front-row Eddie Aholelei, who is joined up front by Sila Puafisi who replaces tighthead […]

Wales not underestimating the Ikale Tahi

Wales not underestimating the Ikale Tahi

Despite going down 38 points to 18 to the French in Le Havre at the weekend, Wale’s defence coach Shaun Edwards says he was impressed by the Tongans after they were defeated. The Tongans will meet Wales on Saturday (NZ time) as part of the 'Ikale Tahi's European Tour 2013. Wale's coach Warren Gatland made […]

Sona Taumalolo banned for four weeks

Sona Taumalolo banned for four weeks

Tonga prop Sona Taumalolo will sit out Friday night's clash with Wales after receiving a four-week ban. Taumalolo was sent off for punching France lock Yoann Maestri, who was also red-carded for striking the Tongan in the same incident, during last weekend's 38-18 win for the hosts in Le Havre. Maestri escaped further sanction when […]

France avenge losing to Tonga

France avenge losing to Tonga

Le Havre – 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. France recorded just their second win of a wretched year with a 38-18 success against Tonga in Le Havre. The victory over the South Sea Islanders was […]

France still stung by Tonga loss

France still stung by Tonga loss

The pain of losing to Tonga last year still hurts French players with their 30-year-old hooker Dmitri Szarzewski warned  a side containing five changes from last weekend's narrow 26-19 New Zealand defeat can ill afford to ease off against Tonga.   The Ikale Tahi team  stunned the French  19-14 during the 2011 World Cup in […]