The defending Tupi Cup champions Alamuhu, will begin their title defense against the newly established Northside Tongan Vikings team. The Queensland Tongan community heavy weights will be looking to go back to back, especially with the tournament heading to their current home base of Kookaburra Oval at the St Brendans club in Rocklea, following the release of the official 2016 Tupi Cup draw.
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In preparation for the upcoming fixture against Siutaka New Zealand Tonga to be held in Sydney, NSW on November 5th, the Felenite Australia Tongan Rugby team have unveiled former Wallaby number 8 David Lyons and former NRC Sydney Stars head coach Peter Playford as the co-head coaches to lead their troops against their traditional trans-Tasman rivals. Continue reading “FORMER WALLABY AND NRC HEAD COACH NAMED NEW COACHES OF FELENITE AUSTRALIA TONGA RUGBY”
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. Continue reading “TONGAN SPORTS STARS ROLL OUT IN FORCE FOR TUPI CUP”
Following a hugely successful inaugural year, the 2016 edition of the Tupi Cup will see a number of exciting new changes come to fruition, as the tournament maintains its role as a forum to continue strengthening Tongan rugby players but also as an avenue to advocate for important issues in the Pacific.
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Aside from the growing feel good stories and renewed momentum for a Pacific Super Rugby team, that has partly arisen from New Zealand rugby’s recent push to promote the game in the Pacific, one thing is evidently clear when it comes to Tonga, the third pillar of the Pacific’s traditional trio of rugby powerhouses alongside Fiji and Samoa, is that the humble home of the Ikale Tahi is in real danger of being left behind and missing out on the festivities altogether.
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