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Sonny Bill Williams says ‘thank you’ as he confirms overseas move

New Zealand Rugby Media Release All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams has given thanks to the New Zealand rugby community and fans following the announcement that he will leave New Zealand to play overseas. 34-year-old Williams has signed a two-year deal with the Canada-based Toronto Wolfpack rugby league club which plays in the UK Super League competition. […]

TP+: Reactions from the Kau To’a sheds

The Kau To'a were in high demand during the post-match press conferences at Eden Park. Here's significant snippets from the Tongan sheds...

TP+ GBRL Lions and Oceania Cup triple header fan day

Fans braved the rain and wind for the chance to meet their heroes. The Kau To'a, Fiji Bati, Toa Samoa, Great Britain Lions, New Zealand Kiwis, and Australian Kangaroos interacted with fans at the Oceania Cup fan day in the build up to the Eden Park triple header this Saturday. Tickets available in the link below: https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/Shows/Show.aspx?sh=TRIPLEHE19

Polynesian athletics club helping low income families

An athletics club set up to make the sport more accessible for low income families has been making a big impact on the Auckland scene since it's inception in 2018. Named the Western Elite Throwing Academy, the club is made up entirely of Māori and Pacific athletes.

Taumalolo on All Blacks’ RWC loss to England

Tonga's Kau To'a Co-Captain Jason Taumalolo was gutted to see New Zealand eliminated from the 2020 Rugby World Cup. With the All Blacks campaign wrapping up a day early on Friday, he hopes that more fans will turn out to support the Kau To'a, Fiji Bati and Toa Samoa this Saturday for the Triple Header at Eden Park. Tickets available here: https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/Shows/Show.aspx?sh=TRIPLEHE19

TP+ Kau To’a upset the GBRL Lions

The Kau To'a spoiled the return of Great Britain with a 14-6 victory in Hamilton on the weekend. After weeks of controversy, they are hoping their triumph against the Lions will win back the hearts and minds of dissented fans, as the team look forward to their next challenge, the Australian Kangaroos.

Dave ‘Brown Buttabean’ Letele opens HQ in Manukau

No stranger to our screens, Dave 'Brown Buttabean' Letele has opened a health and fitness community hub in Manukau - and the best thing is it's free! Soana Aholelei went to check out his new headquarters.

TP+ Tonga Invitational XIII looking forward to GB challenge

With their test against Great Britain fast approaching, the Kau To'a are amped to be back in camp and are urging their fellow Tongans to attend their historical clash against the Lions in Hamilton.

Kava ceremony welcomes Tonga Invitational XIII to Hamilton

Media release: Duco Events Clad in their red, waving their flags, and singing popular national songs, more than 500 members of Hamilton’s Tongan community welcomed their rugby league heroes to the city last night (Monday 21 October). Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato hosts the Tonga Invitational XIII’s clash with the Great Britain Rugby League Lions on […]

NFL star JuJu Smith-Schuster celebrates White Sunday

American football star John Sherman “JuJu” Smith-Schuster, wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, proudly acknowledged his Samoan heritage and culture today in a heartfelt Instagram post to his 2.9m followers. The post comes after the Steelers’ game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, in which Juju turned up wearing Samoan attire including ie faitaga […]