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Tonga, Samoa tests still on

The July Test matches against Tonga and Sa­moa are still on despite the recent devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami that hit Tonga more than two weeks ago.
01 Feb 2022 10:16
Tonga, Samoa tests still on

The July Test matches against Tonga and Sa­moa are still on despite the recent devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami that hit Tonga more than two weeks ago.

Yesterday Fiji Rugby chief executive officer John O’Connor confirmed that while the venues and the dates are yet to be confirmed Tonga is still on the test list.

Last year O’Connor had indicated the possibility of roping in a third nation to add lustre to their month of July rugby union tests.

 

“There has been no word from Tonga to indicate that they are pulling out. The two tests are still on for the July window with the venues and exact dates yet to be confirmed,” O’Connor said.

“We understand the extensive damage caused by the massive undersea volcanic eruption and tsunami that had hit Tonga but then majority of those that repre­sent Tonga in rugby union are based overseas,” he said.

“It will not affect our plans to host a test against them (Tonga). There has been no communication of having that plan shelved.

 

“We are still negotiating for a third nation for a pos­sible three test matches for July.”

Meanwhile last week World Rugby took lead in call­ing the global rugby family to support those affected by the devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami that hit Tonga on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

This led to WR’s major stakeholders joining forces to pledge their full support to the Tonga Rugby family at this difficult time.

 

WR is coordinating a rugby united approach to pro­vide the necessary support to the Tonga Rugby Union to repair and restore rugby infrastructure impacted by the eruption and tsunami.

According to WR the process will begin after the re­lief effort and following a review of financial, equip­ment and resource requirements in partnership with the TRU, with whom the international federation is in close contact.

 

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “We stand in solidarity with the people of Tonga, the Ton­ga rugby family and Tongans around the world at this difficult time.”

“As a family, we support our family members and the rugby family has united to pledge our full backing to the Tonga Rugby Union and to promote the interna­tional aid effort,” he said.

 

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