The Tonga Secondary Schools Rugby Champions (Tupou College 1st XV) are currently touring New Zealand. This was a reward from the Principal, Rev Dr Fisi’ihoi Mone and the staff to tour New Zealand for coming out of the season being defeatless.
The 2012 1st XV Victors won all their games and so as to their prize they would tour New Zealand to play in a tournament. the rest of the tournament will be updated in the future but the boys will be in New Zealand from the 6th of September to the 27th.
The Leader of the touring party is the Administration Deputy Principal-Rev Longinusi Tu’ipulotu, Rev Tu’ipulotu Samiu as the Assistant Sports Master, Hingano Hala’ufia and Pohahau Palu as the Coaching Staff and Paea ‘Akauola as the Trainer. The name of the Touring team will be updated in the near future.
Some view this opportunity as a way to expose our local players here in Tupou College to the international arena as some of the boys will make rugby their future.
They are staying at the Methodist hall, Lotofale’ia in Mangere Auckland New Zealand. They are allowed visitors but you must contact Rev Longinusi the touring manager as for opportunities.
The last team to have this champion tour was the winning team of 2005 of which Sonatane Sefanaia was the winning captain and i am sure that team would still remember their triumphant victory. They won all games played in New Zealand and they returned victorious.
May God bless them and to look after them while they are away from home.