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.
Next wave of Tongan stars from the Queensland Reds support Queensland Tonga Rugby.
The next wave of exciting Tongan talent coming through the Super Rugby ranks of the Queensland Reds, have joined the growing number of sporting identities to put their firm support behind the Queensland Tonga Rugby Union, as official ambassadors of the program.
The best players from the recently completed Monimonu Cup tournament hosted by Queensland Tonga Rugby Union has finally been unveiled and the team acts as a who’s who list of the brightest rugby talents currently coming through the ranks and plying their trades from the Melbourne, New South Wales and Queensland Tongan communities.
Inset: (L-R) Isaac Helu, Chris Cook, Sione Na’a Helu)
To coincide with the Queensland Tonga Rugby program’s dedication to contributing to the community both on and off the field, senior players from the “Kidstime FDC” Queensland Tonga rugby teams were recently asked to do some community volunteer work with some of the youth at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre in the Wacol area. Continue reading “QUEENSLAND TONGANS IN THE COMMUNITY A LESSON IN HOPE.”
In 2012, they entered the Queensland Tonga program as talented but little known teenagers who went down to training, not to necessarily make the team, but just to learn from senior players from throughout the Queensland Tongan community. That year, fate had other plans for them, in 2014 perhaps bigger plans are also ahead. Continue reading “QTRU HOPING FLOURISHING RETURNING ROOKIES CONTINUE FINE FORM”