England giving Tonga money and coaching for November test

    Foaki ha pa'anga mei 'Ingilani ka 'oku 'ikai fakahā ki he mitia' hono lahi' ke tokoni'i e 'Ikale Tahi' pehē ki ha tokoni fakafaiako ki mu'a he'ena fetaulaki 'i 'Ingilani 'i Nōvema'.

    LONDON (AP) — England is giving Tonga money and offering coaching help for their rugby test in November at Twickenham.

    Tonga was due to visit last November but the match was canceled in the pandemic.

    England announced the new match on Tuesday, completing its autumn schedule. Tonga is first up on Nov. 6, followed by Australia on Nov. 13 and world champion South Africa on Nov. 20.

    Twickenham is expected to be able to sell tickets for every seat. That, and England’s failure to ever visit Tonga and help the poorer Pacific Island nations has prompted the Rugby Football Union to give the team an undisclosed donation as “a good will gesture.”

    Also, “the RFU is working with World Rugby and Tonga Rugby to make coaching and other resource personnel available to Tonga, which they hope will have a dual benefit of providing support to the Tongan team while also offering some good experience for the resource personnel involved.”

    England and Tonga have met only three times previously, all at Rugby World Cups. The only Twickenham match was the first, in 1999, when England beat a 14-man Tonga 101-10.

    This month, a depleted Tonga side without its overseas stars lost to New Zealand 102-0 and to Samoa twice in World Cup qualifiers.

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    1. I was one of those present to see an England XV defeat Tonga 37-17 on the 1st June, 1979, at Teufaiva Stadium. England also played Japan and Fiji as a part of its tour. In the same year, or in 1980 Tonga also played Wales and Scotland in Tonga as well as the Maori All Blacks. This was the good old days before professionalism created the current barriers to wider international rugby participation. Paul Karalus. Tonga.

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