The Tongan community in Queensland is in for a real treat from this year’s Tupi Cup festivities, with Queensland Tonga Rugby Union confirming an amazing list of Tongan sporting stars from Queensland to attend this year’s tournament.
The great Fa’aleo Tupi, whom the tournament is named after will be in attendance, the last living member of the famous 1973 Ikale Tahi team that defeated the Wallabies from the Queensland Tongan community.
Queensland/ Wallaby rugby legend and current Ikale Tahi head coach Toutai Kefu (whose father played alongside Fa’aleo) will spearhead the remaining names locked in to attend the event alongside emerging stars like recently named Brisbane City NRC captain Sam Talakai and Queensland Country aces Taniela “Thor” Tupou and Lolo Fakaosilea from the Queensland Reds.
Brisbane Bronco and Mate Ma’a Tonga Rugby League International representative Joe Ofahengaue (pictured above) has also confirmed his support. Joe’s support is a coming home of sorts, a former Queensland Tonga rugby foundation player himself only 5 short years ago and is the nephew of another Wallaby Tongan great Willie Ofahengaue.
The headline list of sporting stars is rounded off by the talented and lovely Hulita Haukinima, a member of the all conquering Queensland Firebirds netball team, home of the 2016 ANZ Netball champions and arguably the most successful trans- Tasman netball team in the modern era.
The stars will participate in official autograph signing sessions as well as take part in other various activities throughout the tournament.
The special six will also be joined by other Tongan sporting personalities, most notably the other recent Tongan inductees to the National Rugby Championship from both the Brisbane City and Queensland Country squads who will also be in attendance and be announced accordingly.
With all this on the cards, the Tupi Cup will act as a celebration not just of Tongan rugby and sports excellence in Queensland, it will also act as a celebration of everything Tongan with food and craft stalls, and activities for the kids and top of some great rugby to select the 2016 Queensland Tonga male and female squads.