To keep up with the ever changing global face of 7’s rugby, the Queensland Tonga Rugby 7’s program has been given a total transformation via a complete rebranding and renaming of the program.
The Queensland Tonga 7’s teams will now be officially known as the “MUSTANG 7’s” teams.
The Mustang (or mustengo) is roughly translated to “ownerless beast” well known for its speed, stamina and due to its intolerance to injury due to its strong muscular legs, was a favourite breed for long journeys. These characteristics are the reason behind its choice as the symbol of the new Queensland Tonga 7’s program and the traits the QTRU wish to instil in its Mustang 7’s players; fiercely loyal, fast, strong and will go the distance for the jersey.
The rebranding serves two purposes, the first is to be more welcoming to players from outside of the Tongan community who want to experience the Tongan culture without fear of exclusion or marginalisation, and renaming the program was paramount in that strategy moving forward.The second, is to assist in accelerating the growth of Tongan 7’s players by giving them experience playing with talented players from other communities they may not otherwise get an opportunity to play alongside.
Queensland Tonga Rugby Union is pleased to announce the appointment of home grown community product Mosa Afu as the 2015 Open Men’s coach of the Mustang 7’s team.
Aside from having extensive playing experience via Premier Grade club Sunnybank where he is now coaching grades, Afu is also a decorated age grade player having played in Queensland age grade sides, as well as having represented Tonga at the Under 20’s level.
Afu will be ably assisted by elder brother Siosiua Afu, who is a former Ikale Tahi 7’s representative as well as Somi Tupou and Simana Halaifonua, two cornerstones of 7’s rugby from the Tongan community in Queensland.
Speaking on behalf of the Queensland Tonga committee, committee member Mrs Vika Piutau was delighted at Afu’s appointment, believing his appointment is just reward for his perseverance and dedication in the community.
“Mosa has really earned this appointment, after missing out on previous opportunities, Mosa proactively went out got his coaching accreditation, begun working with his club Sunnybank and proactively continued working in the community. He has displayed an obvious thirst to continue perfecting his craft as a coach and he is ready to lead our 7’s program.”
It appears the qualities the QTRU hope to instil in its Mustang 7’s players are characteristics well and truly synonymous with their new coach, regarding his work ethic and commitment. Here’s hoping it is a recipe for growth and success.