Tonga coach

Tearful Kefu says grateful to be alive after violent attack

The 47-year-old, who played 60 tests for the Wallabies around the turn of the century, wiped away tears as he revealed details of the home invasion by knife-wielding teenagers in the early hours of Monday morning.

"I'm just grateful that we all got out, we're alive. Might be a little bit of damage moving forward but we're still breathing," Kefu, wearing a large patch on his right forearm, told reporters outside his home in Brisbane on Friday.

Tonga coach has sympathy for Samoa rugby

Last week the Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi declared the Samoa Rugby Union was bankrupt and unable to pay players' wages or pay off their debts.

The SRU subsequently raised almost $US140,000 from a fundraising appeal but Tuilaepa said their financial problems remained an ongoing concern.

Tonga's Rugby Union have their own administration issues, with the board declared null in void last month.

Toutai Kefu said resources were a constant struggle in the Pacific and it tended to be the players who suffered the most.

Tonga coach calls again for equal pay

Woolf's Mate Ma'a downed the Kiwis 28-22 in Hamilton on Saturday, becoming the first tier-two league nation in history to defeat a tier-one nation.

Their achievement is made all the more remarkable by the limited resources afforded to Pacific Island league nations, with the Tongan players expected to subsist on minimal match payments, a basic $30 per diem and no victory bonuses.

By comparison, players for tier-one sides Australia, New Zealand and England could make up to $50,000 throughout the five-week World Cup.