Rugby union in Tonga

Rugby union is the national sport of Tonga. Tonga are considered to be a tier 2 rugby nation by the International Rugby Board.

Rugby union in Tonga
The national team performing the sipi tau
CountryTonga
Governing bodyTonga Rugby Union
National team(s)Tonga
Nickname(s)Ikale Tahi
First playedEarly 20th century
Registered players6,891 (total)
3,049 (adult)
Clubs82
National competitions
Club competitions

Tonga has four main rugby playing islands, Vava'u (which produced players like Epi Taione), Ha'apai (which produced players like Jonah Lomu), ʻEua (which produced the Vunipola family, eight brothers who all played for the national team), and Tongatapu the major island in the Tonga island group.


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