All Blacks back rower Luke Jacobson ruled out of World Cup
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Rookie All Blacks backrower Luke Jacobson has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup in Japan after displaying symptoms of concussion.
Pacific Nations face tough task at Rugby World Cup
Since its inception the Rugby World Cup has relied on Pacific Island nations to provide the tournament with flair, excitement and memorable moments of drama.
Struggling France heads to World Cup with limited ambition
PARIS (AP) — The Rugby World Cup could be problematic for a France team struggling to emerge from a slump which has turned confident players into doubtful ones.
Tonga’s prime minister, who nurtured democracy, dies at 78
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva, who helped wrest power from the royal family and bring greater democracy to the small Pacific island nation, died Thursday. He...
New Zealand beats Tonga 92-7 in World Cup warm-up
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — Winger George Bridge scored four tries while fullback Ben Smith and center Ryan Crotty bagged doubles as New Zealand overwhelmed Tonga 92-7 Saturday in its last match...
Tonga fans out in force for All Blacks test
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Defending champion New Zealand may get a taste of conditions it will encounter at the Rugby World Cup later this month when it plays Tonga in its final warm-up match...
All Blacks name Barrett at flyhalf for Tonga test
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Head coach Steve Hansen will give game time to several under-worked members of his Rugby World Cup squad when the All Blacks face Tonga in their last warm-up match...
Fiji beats Tonga 29-19 in Pasifika Challenge
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji advanced its preparation for the Rugby World Cup by beating Tonga 29-19 in a Pasifika Challenge test at Eden Park on Saturday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Japan and the United States will meet in Suva on Saturday in the final of Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament after both teams remained unbeaten through the...
Japan, US, Samoa winners in Pacific Nations Cup
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Japan, Samoa and the United States have made winning starts to the Pacific Nations Cup tournament which forms a major part of their preparations for the impending...
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Utah County Sheriff's officials say searchers have recovered the body of a West Valley City man from Provo Canyon.
They say the man has been identified as 21-year-old...
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The days unfold at a leisurely pace in Tonga, a South Pacific archipelago with no traffic lights or fast-food chains. Snuffling pigs roam dusty roads that wind through...
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The days unfold at a leisurely pace in Tonga, a South Pacific archipelago with no traffic lights or fast-food chains, and where snuffling pigs roam dusty roads.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Diego Maradona has criticized Argentina after its opening loss to Colombia in the Copa America.
Maradona tells the TyC Sports channel in Buenos Aires "even...
KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Authorities say three people have been arrested in connection with a Kearns shooting that left one man dead and another seriously wounded.
Mormon president to make trip to Pacific countries
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will make another global trip next month to Australia, New Zealand and several other countries.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it's planning to build eight new temples and renovate several older ones including the faith's flagship temple in Salt...
LONDON (AP) — Members of a Pacific Island players' support group in Europe are considering boycotting the Rugby World Cup in response to plans for a new world league that excludes Fiji, Samoa, and...
Operator of Tonga’s internet cable can’t rule out sabotage
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A director at the operator of Tonga's undersea internet cable said Monday he can't rule out sabotage as the reason the cable broke and plunged the Pacific nation into virtual darkness for almost two weeks.
Reboot: Tonga hopes to restore internet access by weekend
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Authorities in Tonga said Thursday they're hoping people will be able to visit Facebook and YouTube again by the weekend as experts repair the vital undersea cable that connects the Pacific nation to the rest of the world.
Tonga was plunged into virtual darkness 11 days ago when the fiber-optic cable was severed. Initially people lost access to the internet almost entirely and couldn't even make international phone calls.
No screen time: Tonga faces weeks of internet disruption
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — People in Tonga could face several weeks without Facebook, YouTube and even some basic services like credit card transactions due to a fault in the undersea cable that connects the Pacific nation to the rest of the world.
Something went wrong with the fiber-optic cable on Sunday night. Initially it wiped out access to the internet almost entirely, and meant people couldn't even make international phone calls.
New Zealand to play Tonga in Rugby World Cup warm-up
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Defending champion New Zealand will conclude its preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a one-off test against Tonga in Hamilton on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Tonga will leave for the World Cup in Japan the following day and New Zealand a day later as it attempts to win its third consecutive World Cup.
Wales’ Halfpenny out of Springboks test from concussion
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales' test against South Africa in Cardiff on Saturday because of concussion.
The fullback hasn't recovered from his head slamming the field 10 days ago after a late, shoulder-led hit by center Samu Kerevi when Wales beat Australia.
Wales assistant coach Rob Howley said on Tuesday they called up Hallam Amos, who was the fullback when Wales beat South Africa in June in Washington.
Wales grabs 10 tries, beats Tonga 74-24 for 8th straight win
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Wales scored three tries in the first 11 minutes before adding seven more in a rampant second-half display to thrash Tonga 74-24 in a rugby international in Cardiff and seal an eighth straight victory on Saturday.
It was Wales' highest points total since beating Namibia 81-7 at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Wales make 14 changes for Tonga, fullback Holmes to debut
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Jonah Holmes will debut at fullback in a Wales side with 14 changes playing Tonga on Saturday in Cardiff.
Prop Wyn Jones, who has made nine appearances as a replacement, and captain and flanker Ellis Jenkins earned their first starts on Thursday.
Only lock Adam Beard will repeat as a starter after the 9-6 home win over Australia last weekend.
British Lions wing Liam Williams will make his 50th appearance.
Tonga beats French Barbarians 49-38 in 13-try thriller
BORDEAUX, France (AP) — Tonga raced ahead and held on to beat the French Barbarians 49-38 in a thrilling contest featuring 13 tries on Saturday.
Scrumhalf Sonatane Takulua scored two tries and converted all seven for Tonga, which led 28-7 at the interval and 49-14 before the Barbarians — featuring five French players from the side which won the Under-20 World Cup in June — mounted a late surge.
AP PHOTOS: Royal couple dazzle fans on South Pacific tour
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prince Harry and wife Meghan broke news they're expecting their first child during their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.
Japan’s oldest rugby venue ready to welcome the World Cup
HIGASHIOSAKA, Japan (AP) — A town on the outskirts of Osaka is putting the finishing touches on its preparations to host matches at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the first time the sport's showcase event will be staged in Asia.
With a population just under 500,000, Higashiosaka is Japan's rugby heartland. There is a temple devoted to the sport where players can go to pray for success. Rugby-themed manholes line the streets. Everywhere are reminders that this is a place that takes its rugby seriously.
Plane carrying Harry and Meghan aborts landing, flies around
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — A plane carrying the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had to abort its landing at Sydney airport on Friday evening and flew around because there was another aircraft on the runway.
Prince Harry and wife Meghan were returning from a visit to Tonga back to Australia, where they began their 16-day tour of four nations, when a message from the flight deck announced: "There was an aircraft on the runway a little slow to roll so the decision was taken to abort the landing."
Royals Harry and Meghan arrive in Tonga on Pacific tour
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived Thursday in the tiny Pacific kingdom of Tonga, where people gathered at the airport to welcome them wearing traditional outfits, playing guitars and singing.
Meghan’s schedule in Australia cut back after hectic start
SYDNEY (AP) — The pregnant Duchess of Sussex has had her schedule cut back during her first royal tour, after a hectic start to her visit to Australia and the South Pacific with husband Prince Harry.
The tour is an extremely busy one, with the royal couple scheduled to attend more than 70 engagements during a 16-day trip across four countries.
King joins Tongan fans in 34-16 defeat to Australia
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Australia crushed the hopes of a nation — and its watching king — when it beat Tonga 34-16 Saturday in their first rugby league test encounter.
More than 26,000 Tonga fans — expatriate representatives of a Pacific Island nation with a population of only 104,000 — watched the match at Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium. Tongan King George Tupou VI was among the supporters.
Wales pick 2 uncapped wingers for November rugby tests
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Wales picked two uncapped wingers for its November rugby tests on Tuesday despite a serious hit to its stock of back-rowers.
Jonah Holmes and Luke Morgan, who play for Leicester and Ospreys respectively, were the only newcomers in a squad of 37 chosen for games against Scotland, Australia, Tonga, and South Africa on successive Saturdays from Nov. 3.
England-born Holmes qualifies for Wales through a grandparent, and Morgan is Wales' all-time leading sevens point-scorer.
New captain Inglis suspended after DUI charge
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's new rugby league captain Greg Inglis was suspended on Tuesday for this month's two-test tour of New Zealand after being charged with mid-range drink driving just hours after his appointment.
Inglis had said in a press conference he hoped to keep his place in the Kangaroos team to take on the Kiwis and Tonga, but soon afterward he was suspended by National Rugby League CEO Todd Greenberg and Australia coach Mal Meninga.
Tongan immigrant goes from NFL player to opera star
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former NFL player who migrated to Utah from Tonga as a child has found success as an opera singer, performing in productions around the world.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Ta'u Pupu'a played football and studied music at Weber State University, the Deseret News reported .
SYDNEY (AP) — Winger Junior Rau scored two tries to lead Papua New Guinea to a 26-14 upset win over Fiji in a rugby league international on Saturday.
In a later match of the Pacific International doubleheader at Campbelltown Stadium in western Sydney, Tonga kept up its strong recent form with a seven-try, 38-22 win over Samoa. Tonga led 30-6 at halftime.
Tonga beats Fiji 27-19 in rugby test
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Vereniki Goneva was both hero and villain as Pacific Nations Cup champion Fiji suffered a surprise 27-19 loss to Tonga in a one-off rugby test in Lautoka on Saturday.
Goneva touched down in the second half to equal Fiji's test try-scoring record of 20, set by the late Sainivalati Laulau during the 1980s, but was later sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on.
Fiji beats Georgia 37-15 to win Pacific Nations Cup
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Scrumhalf Henry Seniloli scored two first-half tries and his replacement Frank Lomani added two in the second half as Fiji overwhelmed Georgia 37-15 on Saturday to win the Pacific Nations Cup for the fourth consecutive year.
Fiji beats Georgia 37-15 to win Pacific Nations Cup
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Scrumhalf Henry Seniloli scored two first-half tries and his replacement Frank Lomani added two in the second half as Fiji overwhelmed George 37-15 on Saturday to win the Pacific Nations Cup for the fourth consecutive year.
Fiji, Georgia to fight out Pacific Nations Cup
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji and Georgia will fight out the 2018 Pacific Nations Cup rugby title when they meet in the second round of the tournament at Suva on Saturday.
Both teams were narrow first-round winners last weekend and the outcome of Saturday's match at the National Stadium will determine whether Fiji claims the Pacific crown for the fourth consecutive year.
LONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace says Prince Harry, and his wife, the former actress Meghan Markle, will be touring Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand this fall.
The royal couple, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be making the tour around the time of the Invictus Games in Sydney, which is set for Oct. 20-27.
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Europe-based stars Vereniki Goneva and Kini Murimurivalu scored tries, each created by the other, as Fiji opened defense of its Pacific Nations Cup rugby title Saturday with a tense 24-22 win over Samoa.
Fiji led 24-3 before Samoa scored three tries in a late rally which rocked the defending champions. Earlier at Suva, Georgia beat Tonga 16-15 in similar circumstances, holding on after leading 16-3.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Officials have confirmed that a Virginia calf has played host to a tick that was previously only found in east Asia, Tonga, Vanuatu and New Jersey.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Wales will host Scotland, Australia, Tonga, and South Africa in November rugby tests at Principality Stadium.
Scotland will be the first tier one northern hemisphere side to visit Cardiff in an autumn fixture since 2001.
The Scots, who haven't won in Cardiff since 2002, visit on Nov. 3, with the rest following on successive Saturdays.
Tonga’s proposed ban on women’s rugby angers critics
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An order from Tonga's education ministry banning girls from playing rugby at the Pacific nation's only public high school has been condemned by Tongan community leaders and a high-profile Olympic champion.
A letter signed by Education Minister Penisimani Fifita told staff at Tonga High School in the capital Nukualofa that girls should not play rugby or take part in boxing to "preserve the dignity of Tongan women and hold on to Tongan cultural values."
Mudslides block only road to New Zealand town after storm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Mudslides blocked the only road to a small New Zealand town Wednesday after a powerful Pacific storm caused disruptions across parts of the country.
The 1,000 tourists and 5,000 locals in Takaka are not entirely trapped, but would have to use a boat, helicopter or small plane to leave town now or wait a week or more before the road is cleared and repaired.
‘Shirtless’ Tongan skier, others ‘live to fight another day’
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The "shirtless" Tongan, all covered up to keep warm this time, had only one thought as he maneuvered around the final downhill turn and headed toward the finish line.
"Please God," the Olympic cross-country skier said to himself, "not in front of everyone. Don't give me my first fall."
Pita Taufatofua made it to the finish line, all right, and he did it before they closed the course for the night — the other of his two fears heading into the event.