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The Tonga Rugby World Cup team represents Tonga in the men's international rugby union. Ikale Tahi had a historic 19–14 victory over France in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Rugby supporters can book Tonga Rugby World Cup Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

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Like other Pacific Island nations, in the 1920s sailors and missionaries. And an international squad was formally founded in 1923. Rugby union was initially introduced to Tonga. The Tonga Rugby World Cup team then played their first match in 1924 by defeating Fiji 9-6 in a Test match. Tonga played mostly regional Pacific countries in international matches over the ensuing decades. They didn't visit Australia and Europe until the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Tonga RWC: Reputed as an aggressive Squad

The Tonga rugby squad gained a reputation for being quite aggressive throughout these tours, which were frequently fairly severe. They were still able to play rugby well enough to be invited to the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987. When they competed and ended in the pool stage.

Tonga has participated in every competition aside from the 1991 tournament. But has yet to finish higher in the Rugby World Cup competition. This resulted in several standout outside performances. Such a shocking 19-13 victory over France in 2011. Every two years, Tonga Rugby World Cup and Fiji completed three test series between 1924 and 1938. The two Pacific nations' games were intense. Many have speculated that the historical intra-island conflicts had been carried over to the rugby pitch.

The third round of the 1928 Test match between Fiji and Tonga RWC squad was called off due to difficulties, with Tonga ahead 11-8. Tonga hosted the Western Samoa tour in 1954.

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In 1969, the Tonga Rugby World Cup squad defeated the New Zealand Mori. But they had to wait until 1973 to participate in their second test match. It ended in a 30-12 loss to Australia in Sydney. When they defeated Australia at Ballymore, Brisbane, 16-11, scoring four tries to two, they incurred revenge. the defeat of -7.

When the Tongans made their first trip to the UK in 1974. They played 10 matches, including one in Wales against the teams from East Wales, Llanelli, North Wales, Newport, West Wales, and Wales XV. The only victory on the trip came against East Wales in the first leg, 18-13. Scotland XV defeated Wales XV 44-8 and 26-7, respectively, in the Trials.

Tonga Rugby World Cup before 1986

Before Wales' 1986 tour of Fiji, Tonga, and Western Samoa. They were a relatively unknown group in Europe. Mark Brown, a Welsh flanker, was struck down by three Tongan strikers early in the match against Tonga. As a result, the entire team aside from Malcolm Dacey and Mark Titley got into a mass fight. The worst brawl I've ever witnessed on a rugby field. According to Robert Jones, who wrote about it in his book Raising the Dragon. At the post-game supper, Jonathan Davies was requested to say a few words in Welsh. As the hosts respectfully applauded. He referred to Tonga Rugby World Cup Squad as the worst team he had ever faced.

The first Rugby World Cup was held in New Zealand in 1987. Tonga was once again assigned to encounter Wales. Welsh players performed poorly, but they still managed to win 29-16 despite resting several of their top players due to the previous match and poor performance. Tonga was defeated by Ireland (32-9) and Canada in the other two games (37–4).

They weren't able to compete in the 1991 Rugby World Cup. They won the South Pacific Trial Scoring Championship in 1994, qualifying them for the Super 10. Where they received just one point and came in last place in their pool.

On the basis of point differential, the Tonga Rugby squad beat Fiji to qualify for the 1995 World Cup. In their previous 2 Rugby World Cups. Tonga only managed to defeat the Ivory Coast 29-11 in 1995 and Italy in 1999. When Ivory Coast winger Max Brito suffered a paralysing injury. The victory over them became a tragedy.

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Tonga placed third in the Oceania qualification

Due to a tour of France, France lost 20-16 to New Zealand at Nuku'alofa in June 1999. But New Zealand defeated them 102-0 the following year (including 15 tries). Tonga placed third in the Oceania qualification group despite dropping their first four games to Samoa and Fiji. As a result, they were forced to play in Papua New Guinea at home and away.

 They won 47-14 and 84-12, respectively. South Korea, who came in second place in the Asian region, then faced them in a playoff. Their defeat vs Tonga was 75-0 and 119-0. Tonga finished last in their pool and all of their games at the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Despite holding Wales to a score of 20–27. They once more fell to New Zealand 91–7.

 Tonga competed in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. They win two group matches while losing 30-25 to eventual champions South Africa. Tonga also came close to upsetting South Africa in the semifinals.  When Tonga upset France 19-14 in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

 It was one of the tournament's most unexpected victories ever. Tonga's victory over a well-established rugby power on a European field came on November 24, 2012. They defeated Scotland at Pittodrie Stadium 21–15.

Tegan’s passion for Rugby

Tonga's national sport is rugby union, which is also a way of life throughout the rest of Polynesia. Although Tongans love and play rugby. Their small population means that they like their Pacific Island neighbours Samoa and Fiji. Tonga has a small but talented player pool and occasionally has trouble competing with the numbers and resources of bigger countries.

Young professionals frequently move to or are taken from nations that provide excellent opportunities for individual success, such as New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. But the populations of all three nations are far larger than their native ones.

There are about 800 senior players and twice as many youth players registered in Tonga, according to the International Rugby Board (IRB). According to the International Rugby Board, Tonga has 800 senior players registered and twice as many junior players.

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 Scholarships from New Zealand, Australia, and Japan are frequently granted to students at institutions like Tonga College. Both the All Blacks and the Wallabies had players such as Jonah Lomu, Israel Folau, William “William” Ofaengaue, Malakai Fekitoa, Ben Afeaki, Frank Halai, Sekope Kepu, George Smith, Wycliffe Palu, Sitaleki Timani, Salesi Maafu, Anthony and Saya Faingaa, Mark Gerrard, Cooper Vuna, Doug Howlett, Tutai Ke

Tonga journey from 1991 to 2023

The national squad (Ikale Takhi) performed admirably internationally. In their first Test match in 1924, which was held in the nation's capital Nuku'alofa, Tonga defeated Fiji 9-6. Perhaps the highlight of Tongan rugby was their 16-11 victory over Australia in 1973.

Since 1987, Tonga has participated in six Rugby World Cups. Tonga's best results to date were at the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups. They each won two out of four games and had a shot at the quarterfinals.

Tonga won their opening two matches in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, defeating the USA 25-15 and Samoa 19-15. They then came quite close to defeating the eventual champions of the competition, the South African Springboks. But ultimately fell short 30-25.

Their final pool game was a 36-20 loss to England. Which put a stop to their chances of making the playoffs. Tonga, on the other hand, automatically qualified for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Because they finished third in their group matches, following South Africa and England.

Tonga won games against Japan (31-18) and France (19-14). Who would finish fifth in the final standings in Group A of the 2011 RWC? Tonga, however, lost to France (who also lost to New Zealand) in the quarterfinals as a result of two prior crushing defeats.  One is a 41-10 loss to the All Blacks early in the tournament and the other one is a 25-20 defeat to Canada. With the difference of 46 points and up to 2 bonus points.

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Tonga Rugby World Cup 2023 Fixtures

For the Rugby World Cup 2023, Scotland was placed in Pool B along with South Africa, Ireland, Tonga, and Romania.

On Sunday, September 10 in Marseille, Scotland's RWC 2023 campaign will get started against the reigning champions, South Africa.

  • Ireland will face Tonga on Sunday 16th of September 2023 at Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes. The match will start at 9:00pm according to local time.
  • Tonga will face Romania on Sunday 8th of October 2023 at Stade Pierre Mauroy, Villeneuve-d'Ascq. The match will start at 11:45.
  • South Africa will face Tonga on Sunday 1st of October 2023 at Stade Vélodrome, Marseille. The match will start at 21:00.
  • Scotland will face Tonga on Sunday 24th of September 2023 at Stade de Nice, Nice. The match will start at 5: 45 pm local time.

Tonga will believe they have a chance despite Scotland giving them all to win this Pool B match. In their 1995 Rugby World Cup Pool D match, the Scots defeated ‘Ikale Tahi 41-5. So they also had history on their team.

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 Provincial Championship for the Datec Cup

For local players interested in playing rugby on an international level, this is the highest level of the national league within the Tongan Rugby Union.

Pacific Rugby Cup

Representative teams from Tonga, Samoa, and Fiji, as well as the three Pacific rugby unions, compete in the IRB Pacific Rugby Cup. It was first held in 2006. In 2008, the Tonga Tautahi Gold squad won the competition. The competition's goal is to raise the level of rugby play throughout the Pacific Islands.

The IRB Pacific Nations Cup have replaced the Tri-Nation Pacific Tournament, in which Tonga formerly faced off against Samoa and Fiji. The provincial Datec Cup and the Pacific Rugby Cup are both played at the national level. The Tonga Rugby Football Union oversees rugby union. Before both organisations' separation in 2009. It was a member of the Pacific Islands Rugby Union and made contributions to the Pacific Islanders rugby union squad. Before their match, Tonga performs Kailao (Sipi Tau).

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