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LIONS RUGBY CONNECTS WITH TONGA


Tonga
The Taloa Old Boys modelling the donated Woy Woy jerseys, for which they were both pleased to receive and proud to wear.
They intend to use them when they play a game amongst themselves, which they do when they don’t have a scheduled game.

Three members of the Woy Woy Lions Rugby Club, past president Kevin Glew, patron Peter ‘Fab’ Fenton and Sione Ofahengaue, visited the famous Tupou College in Tonga with the dual purpose of creating an ongoing association with the college and the ex-students’ Rugby team, Toloa Old Boys.

As Kevin Glew explained, “Woy Woy benefited greatly from acquiring Tupou College players over the past six seasons. Feleti Atiola, Chris Paseka, Tevita Tanginoa, Fokolulu Taumalolo and Sione Toki, all played five or six seasons with Woy Woy and helped lift us from the bottom of the ladder to become one of the strongest teams in the competition.”

Tonga is rich in culture, but poor financially. Nevertheless, the people are essentially happy and typical of Pacific Island countries. The trip to the college was a real eye opener. Rugby plays an extremely important part in their lives. Tupou College was opened in 1860 by Australian missionary John Moulton, whose grandson, also named John, was the Eastwood club doctor and Wallaby doctor during the 1990s. The College has produced many international players including, George Atiola and Fakahau Valu who captained Tonga in the first World cup in 1987 as well as famous Wallaby Viliame Ofahengaue.

The college also has a wonderful brass band and choir which toured Australia in 2018. It is the Woy Woy Rugby Club’s aim to assist the college in several areas while benefiting from the talents of its rugby players.

Peter Fenton on behalf of Woy Woy Rugby Club.