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Auckland woman's car spray painted 'Tonga' after league clash

Gaewyn Copeland didn't even watch the game from her Mt Albert home and although she knew there was a game happening she never thought she would become embroiled in the aftermath.

Copeland said she was shocked to wake up on Sunday morning and find her humble silver Holden Astra - parked outside her home well away from the game's atmosphere - spray painted with the word "Tonga" after the big game which saw fights break out in several parts of the country including South Auckland.

Tonga coach wants NRL to invest more money in to Pacific teams

Tonga sealed their second win in the tournament against Samoa on Saturday night at a packed-out FMG Stadium in Hamilton.

The stadium was a sea of colours as fans showed up to sing, cheer and dance for their Pacific teams. 

Woolf says the experience was one of a kind and it proves that Pacific teams are worth the investment.

"The first step I think is putting on more games. We'd love to play Samoa every year and I know they'd love to play us every year and I'm sure the fans would love to see that as well."

Tonga savour watershed moment

With a 32-18 win over Samoa on Saturday night, Tonga made it two wins from two at the tournament and assured themselves of advancing beyond the group stage for the first time in five attempts dating back to 1995.

The victory in front of over 18,000 fans at Waikato Stadium was also just the second time Tonga have tasted victory over their Pacific neighbours in a rugby league Test match, with coach Kristian Woolf happy for his men to celebrate before re-focussing for their final pool game against New Zealand.

Tonga book maiden World Cup finals spot

A commanding performance from Tonga's star forward pack laid the platform, and off the back of it they starved Samoa of the ball and took full advantage of their opposition's sloppy errors to score five tries.

Tonga still pursuing murder suspect despite US release

A court in Hawaii court ordered the release of Dean Jay Fletcher who is alleged to have killed his Canadian wife in Vava'u.

Mr Fletcher fled Tongan authorities to American Samoa where he was arrested last October by US federal agents.

Tonga sought extradition but the US Secretary of State denied the request.

The US was worried that without a legal aid system, Mr Fletcher would not have legal representation or a fair trial.

But Tonga's acting Attorney General, 'Aminiasi Kefu, said the defendant had already hired lawyers before he fled.

US man wanted for murder in Tonga released

The court order followed a motion to dismiss the case by the US Department of Justice regarding Dean Jay Fletcher.

Mr Fletcher fled Tongan authorities to American Samoa where he was arrested last November by federal agents.

Tonga sought extradition and in January, the Honolulu federal court ruled the Secretary of State would make the final determination.

This week a letter from US State Department showed the Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, had denied Tonga's request for Mr Fletcher's extradition.

Fiji and Tonga face daunting start to 2019 RWC

The Flying Fijians kick off their campaign against the Wallabies on Saturday September 21st in Sapporo with the 'Ikale Tahi taking on Six Nations champions England at the same venue a day later.

Tongan coach Toutai Kefu said at least they get arguably the toughest match out of the way early.

"There's many ways to look at it but I think it suits us. We play England up the top there in Sapporo and then make our way down the country," he said.

Vava'u candidate says Tongans happy with power structure

Samiu Vaipulu, who served as deputy prime minister between 2010 and 2014, is seeking re-election as a Vava'u representative.

The elections on November the 16th come a year early because of the royal dissolution of parliament, which occurred over allegations the government was acting unconstitutionally and trying to gather power for itself.

RNZI reports during last month's national dialogue on democracy there was discussion about who holds authority and power.

Six arrests in Otara brawl involving 200 people ahead of rugby league showdown

The brawl came after days of heightened tension between Samoan and Tongan rugby league fans, ahead of their second round World Cup clash in Hamilton on Saturday.

Police say a crowd of up to 200 Samoan and Tongan fans gathered in a carpark near the Manukau Institute of Technology in Otara last night.

"It was major disorder", said Superintendent Sandra Manderson, the police national commander for major sporting events.

"Some people in the crowd were carrying poles and sticks... I believe there was also a machete taken off someone."

Tonga not underestimating Samoa ahead of weekend clash

Samoa lost 38 - 8 to the Kiwis last weekend, while Tonga thrashed Scotland 50 - 4.

New South Wales hard-man Andrew Fifita says they're definitely not underestimating Toa Samoa.

"They're pretty packed. They're a good strong team and that's going to really challenge us," he says. "In saying that, we'll be ready for it and we can't wait for Saturday."

Former Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei says although Tonga won their last game convincingly, they know Samoa won't back down.