World rugby review good and satisfactory says Tongan rugby boss

The Tongan Rugby Interim Chief Executive Officer Feʻao Vunipola said a review by the World rugby on rugby in Tonga “was good” and the “overall performance was very satisfactory”.

The meeting last month in Tonga also looked at the condition of a renovation of Teufaiva national stadium to determine whether it could be completed  before Fiji, Samoa and Tonga tests in July.

Vunipola said they were happy with the information provided to them by a Turf Consultant from New Zealand who was assessing the condition of the stadium.

“He sees no reason why the matches should not be held at Teufaiva”, Vunipola said.

“We pray and thanks God for the blessings that he has given allowing all these things to happen for Teufaiva plus the assistance from the government”.

“All eyes are now on Wales in NZ with Samoa and Fiji at home in Tonga”, Vunipola said.

“We are trying all we can to qualify for the 2019 RWC so it’s all system goes to maximise our home advantage.

“People are looking forward to these Ikaletahi home games after 8 years of being in exile. Huge thanks to God Almighty for still giving us life and something to do together with our PM, DPM & Legislative Assembly for their full support with regards to these matches.

“We look forward to our people’s strong support in Auckland on 16th June”.

Meanwhile, the drainage work at the stadium starts this week after shipments of building materials form contractor Field Drainage Specialists Ltd from New Zealand arrived in Tonga .

The Ministry of Internal Affairs said the government has started the work to upgrade the toilet facilities.

This part of the project is funded through a development initiative from the Government of New Zealand.

The Papua New Guinea government has committed over US$15 million for the construction of the stadium and the tracks.

The ‘Ikale Tahi rugby team have not played on home soil since 2009.

A scheduled home test against Wales in June has been moved to New Zealand, after World Rugby said it was unfit for play.

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