Tonga 7s

Tonga 7s seal spot in World Series Qualifier

 

The kingdom placed seventh in the final round in Uruguay this morning to secure a top eight finish across the two weekends and a place in the final World Series qualifying tournament in Hong Kong in October.

Tevita Tu'ifua's side, who finished fifth in last weekend's opening round in Chile, had topped their group in Montevideo after beating Portugal 14-7, Colombia 40-19 and Chile 19-12 on day one of competition.

Tonga 7s lifts standard of preparation for 7s challenger

The team posted about its preparation phase on social media and thanked the school’s principal, Tony Coughlan for allowing players to use their field.

The team will be flying out on Tuesday to take part in rugby sevens challenger in Chile and Uruguay.

Tonga is one of thirteen nations that have earned a place in the Challenger Series.

The teams have qualified after finishing as the top ranked nations that are not competing in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in their respective regional sevens competitions in 2019.

Tonga and Samoa stand in Australia's sevens qualifying path for Tokyo

Australia can secure passage to Tokyo 2020 at the Oceania Sevens by winning their section of the tournament, where Tonga and Samoa shape as their two biggest hurdles.

A strong Australian squad will play Vanuatu and Nauru on Thursday before games against American Samoa and Tonga on Friday and if they both top their pool, a likely Olympic play-off against Samoa on Saturday.

The already-qualified New Zealand and Fiji will also play in Suva, but not against Australia until the Olympic quota spot has been decided.

Tonga 7s inspired by rugby league win against Australia

Team Manager Seluini Iloa says they are looking forward to displaying the same spirit at the grounds come game time at the Oceania 7s this week.

“That was a big win for all of Tonga. We look forward to put the same spirit into this weekend’s tournament.”

Tonga 7s targeting permanent World Series spot

The Kingdom competed at the Hamilton and Sydney legs of the World Series earlier this year, where they managed notable wins against France, Japan and Kenya.

Team manager Richard Weightman said Tonga's first World Series tournaments in five years were a big learning experience, with just about the whole team having never played at that level before.