Tonga’s under 20s coach fired

Tonga’s Under 20s coach Fe’ao Vunipola has been fired in what he described as a result of his fight to achieve more opportunities for the local players .

The post is now given to Liueli Fusimalohi assisted by former ‘Ikale Tahi coach Kutusi Felea.

There was speculation that Vunipola was  dismissed because he made comments against the Tonga Rugby Board on social media.

TRU has yet to release any official information regarding why Vunipola was sacked.

On Facebook, Vunipola said: “I was prepared to walk away thinking that we would achieve promotion last year but beaten by Japan in the final.

“Japan had been losing finalist for the last four years. That to me was a great achievement because we beat the USA who were the favourites in the tournament.

He also said: “This is the result of standing up for more opportunities for local players to make the Ikaletahi..allowing quarters that are used in South Africe [sic] to be utilised in Tonga and our Ikaletahi”.

Vunipola claimed he offered to work as coach for Tonga without pay.

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  1. Kuo tuku ki tuʻa ʻa e faiako ʻakapulu ʻiunioni ʻa Tonga ki he taʻu ʻi lalo ʻi he taʻu 20 ʻa ia kuó ne fakamatalaʻi ko e tupu ʻeni mei heʻene feinga ki ha faingamālie lahi ange maʻa e kau vaʻinga lōkoló.

    ʻOku maʻu ʻa e lakangá ni he taimí ni ʻe Liueli Fusimālohi kae tokoni ki ai e faiako ki muʻa ʻa e ʻIkale Tahí ko Kutusi Felea.

    Ne ʻi ai ha ngaahi fakamahamahalo ʻo pehē ko e tuku ʻa Vunipola ki tuʻá ko ʻene fakaangaʻi tokua ʻa e Poate ʻAkapulu ʻi he mītia fakasōsialé.

    ʻOku teʻeki ha fakamatala fakaʻōfisiale ʻe taha mei he Poaté ki he ʻuhinga hono tuku ʻo Vunipola ki tuʻá.

    Ka ʻi he Feisipuká naʻe pehē ʻe Vunipola ia ne ʻosi teuteu pe ia ke hū ki tuʻa hili ia ʻa e fakaʻamu he taʻu kuo ʻosí ʻe ʻalu hake tuʻunga ne ʻi ai ʻa e taʻu ki lalo ʻi he 20 ki ʻolunga he fakahokohokó ʻa e ngaahi timi Pasifikí ka ne ulungia foki ia ʻi Siapani.

    Naʻá ne toe pehē ko hono tuku ia ki tuʻa ko e ola ia ʻene feinga ha ngaahi faiangamālie lahi ange maʻa e kau vaʻinga fakalotofonuá.

    Naʻe pehē ʻe Vunipola ko ʻene faiako maʻa Tonga ko e ʻofa pe pea ne ʻikai ke ne fiemaʻu ha vahe.

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