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Sunday 11 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Tonga

This year
# Buccs
The Tongan-Hawaiian hooker who played AIL after two years as a missionary
Steveni Lombard grew up with Munster prop Roman Salanoa and is chasing his own rugby dream.
Last year
# Settling in
'Hopefully I get to contribute and add to the Munster legacy'
Tongan centre Malakai Fekitoa hopes to put his early struggles in Munster behind him.
# apprentice
The exciting Tonga native set for his first All Blacks cap against Ireland
22-year-old Folau Fakatava has been learning from his mentor, Aaron Smith.
# Comeback
Folau to make international return with Tonga - and eyes up World Cup date with Ireland
Folau and former All Blacks Charles Piutau and Malakai Fekitoa have also been included in the Tonga squad following changes to World Rugby’s eligibility rules.
# Comeback
Israel Folau seeking international comeback with Tonga - and could face Ireland in World Cup
Folau is eligible to play for Tonga – three years after getting sacked by Rugby Australia for posting an anti-gay message on his Instagram account.
# Volcano
Tonga’s internet finally restored five weeks after volcanic eruption and tsunami
Around 90km of cable had to be replaced after it was damaged.
# environmental emergency
21 beaches polluted by oil spill in Peru linked to Tonga eruption
The Peruvian government has formed a committee to deal with the crisis.
# Tonga
First foreign aid flights arrive in Tonga after huge volcanic eruption
Both New Zealand and Australia have sent military transport planes.
# Tonga
Tonga undersea cable needs 'at least' four weeks to repair following volcanic eruption
The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted 30 kilometres into the air on Saturday.
# Pacific Island
Tonga's government says tsunami is 'unprecedented disaster' as it confirms three fatalities
New Zealand’s military is sending much-needed drinking water and other supplies, but said ash on the runway will delay the flight by at least a day.
# Volcano
First death confirmed in Tonga volcano blast as nation remains cut off
It is two days since the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano exploded, cloaking Tonga in a film of ash.
# Tonga
Tsunami threat recedes from huge Pacific volcanic eruption
It sent tsunami waves crashing across the shore in Tonga and people rushing to higher ground.
# Tonga
Tongans flee tsunami following powerful volcanic eruption
There were no immediate reports of injuries or the extent of the damage.
All time
# Tonga lashing
England overwhelm Tonga with 11-try thrashing at packed Twickenham
England lost Owen Farrell to a positive Covid test but made light work of their visitors.
# Ruthless
All Blacks romp to 102-0 victory over Tonga in opening Test of the year
New Zealand had their first try after just 67 seconds through Damian McKenzie.
# second row
Connacht confirm signing of Tongan international lock Leva Fifita
The 31-year-old will join from Grenoble this summer to replace Quinn Roux.
# grow the game
Plans to include Pacific Island teams in Super Rugby could wake 'sleeping giant'
World Rugby has pledged its support to the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika teams.
# Pacific Islands
'If you play one Test for a country, you can’t go back... I think that’s wrong'
Ex-All Blacks Justin Marshall wants to see rugby’s eligibility laws relaxed.
# Punishment
Tonga hooker handed seven-week ban for incident in win over USA
Agen will be without Paula Ngauamo for a substantial period after he kicked an opponent in the face.
# Pool C
Te'o double not enough for USA against Tonga
AJ MacGinty’s side ran in three tries, but weren’t able to register a point in Pool C.
# Manu down
Throat injury rules Tonga's record points-scorer out of the rest of the World Cup
Kurt Morath injured his larynx after being caught in a tackle by England’s Manu Tuilagi on Sunday.
# found work
'This has never been discussed' - Doubts cast over Folau's rugby league return with Tonga
The Aussie was sacked by Rugby Australia in May for expressing homophobic views.
# Fergie Time
Jones defends England's sluggish start: 'The World Cup is not a 100-metre sprint'
Slow and steady, says Eddie.
# red rose
Late try seals bonus point for England in World Cup win over Tonga
Manu Tuilagi scored two tries for Eddie Jones’ side as they took maximum points from their opening game.
# RWC2019
Farrell and Ford lead full-strength England against Tonga
England have decided to start their strongest team in the Rugby World Cup clash with Tonga.
# Dark Horses
Hotly-contested Pool C promises fireworks
No pool has quite as much World Cup pedigree as this one with three sides who traditionally expect to reach the semis.
# Absolute Annihilation
All Blacks crush Tonga by 85 points in final Rugby World Cup dress rehearsal
Steve Hansen’s side fell just short of scoring 100 points in Hamilton.
# Mudbath
'Both teams wanted to play' - World Rugby defends pitch decision in Samoa
The Pacific Nations Cup clash was played in tough conditions.
# preparation
Pacific Nations Cup wins for Ireland's World Cup opponents Japan and Samoa
Both teams are in Rugby World Cup Pool A alongside Joe Schmidt’s side for the upcoming tournament in Japan.
# Saga
Tonga open the door for Israel Folau to represent them at the 2023 World Cup
The former Wallabies fullback was fired by Rugby Australia for posting homophobic comments on social media.
# perspective
'I got perspective on my priorities, how I want to try to live and what's important to me'
Nasi Manu of Pro14 side Benetton has come through testicular cancer and chemotherapy.
# Doddie Weir
Wales to face Scotland for charity in rare all-northern November clash
Australia, Tonga and South Africa will also play Tests against Wales in November, the WRU has revealed.
# cyclone gita
Powerful storm levels Tonga's parliament house and heads towards Fiji
Cyclone Gita caused power outages after tearing through the island nation just south of the capital.
# cyclone gita
Tonga declares state of emergency as it braces for arrival of powerful storm
The cyclone has already created havoc in neighbouring Samoa and is threatening to become a Category Five superstorm.
# Life on Mars
Made of 'tuff' stuff: Why this new island that rose from the ashes in Tonga is here to stay
Nasa scientists say that examining the way the island sprung up could shed light on if there’s any life on Mars.
Thomond Park will host the final match of the Barbarians tour in November
They last played at the Limerick venue in 2015.
# Interview
One fan is hoping to raise £30,000 for a paralysed ex-Ivory Coast rugby player
Christopher Ackermann believes the support provided to former Ivory Coast winger Max Brito, since his injury, has been inadequate.
# ben smith
New Zealand run riot in second half to claim top spot in Pool C
The All Blacks struggled early on against Tonga before running in five second-half tries
# sipi tau
'Haka' fans, there's a special treat in store for you tomorrow
What’s better than a cultural challenge? TWO cultural challenges!
# 19 and counting
Hip knock means McCaw can only pull level in RWC record appearance chase
Jason Leonard’s haul of 22 Rugby World Cup appearances won’t be overtaken this year.