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'Tongan Thor' scores hat-trick

A 135kg (at least) schoolboy prop scored a hat-trick of tries in a match between Sacred Heart College and Kelston Boys at the weekend. Known as the Tongan Thor, Taniela Tupou celebrated his 18th birthday in style by running in three great tries. With unbelievable acceleration and balance for someone his size, the Auckland schoolboy […]

Blues did not give Fekitoa a fair chance

Blues did not give Fekitoa a fair chance

The breakout star of Super Rugby so far this year, Highlanders centre Malakai Fekitoa has opened up on his time with the Blues. The 21-year-old swapped Auckland for Dunedin and the move is paying off handsomely for Fekitoa, who has scored three tries so far this season. Tipped as a future All Black based on […]

Tongan-Utah football player critically injured in accident

Tongan-Utah football player critically injured in accident

ALT LAKE CITY — Utah defensive lineman Moana Ofahengaue suffered a serious head injury in a motorized bike accident Sunday night. University of Utah Hospital spokeswoman Kathy Wilets confirmed in a media release that the former Westlake High School star, a redshirt freshman, was in critical condition. Wilets said that family members are “extremely optimistic […]

A year to remember in Oceania

A year to remember in Oceania

Another busy year has come to an end for the southern hemisphere and in terms of Oceania Rugby there was much to cheer. New Zealand’s Fifteens side led the way with an amazing, perfect season of 14 matches and 14 wins while the national Sevens teams – men’s and women’s – took the Rugby World […]

Val awarded Lonsdale Cup for fourth time

Val awarded Lonsdale Cup for fourth time

Double Olympic champion Valerie Adams has been awarded the Lonsdale Cup for an unprecedented fourth time. New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith says she is delighted to award the trophy to Adams. “Valerie is an inspiration to young New Zealanders and continues to perform at the very top of her field. Four world championship wins is outstanding.” […]

Tonga’s sporting teams need fair treatment

Tonga’s sporting teams need fair treatment

The Special Olympics team won three gold medals in Newcastle, but didn’t get a seniti from the government. The Rugby Sevens team had to play in borrowed women’s shorts at the Mini South Pacific Games in Uvea. Athletes picked to represent the kingdom at the same games had to hold fund raising events to pay […]