They couldn’t get the victory over England to kickstart their Rugby World Cup campaign, but the Tongans won plenty of admirers in Japan.
Most popular of all the Tongans however would have to be power tighthead prop Ben Tameifuna, who according to the official Rugby World Cup website weighs 151kg, and has emerged as one of the biggest cult heroes of the World Cup already.
Tameifuna is the heaviest to feature at this year’s tournament and isn’t afraid to throw his weight around either.
The 28-year-old who plays for Racing 92 at club level, forms part of a brutal Tongan forward pack that ensured the hitout was anything but a walk in the park for England’s forwards.
Waking up and nervously opening the blinds in Tokyo last Sunday morning, it was a struggle to reconcile the brilliant sunlight and stillness to the passing of Typhoon Hagibis only hours before. Relief was palpable – Hagibis seemingly not as destructive as predictions suggested it might have been, and the highly anticipated Pool A decider […]
As the Wallabies’ World Cup campaign heats up in Japan, Michael Cheika, Michael Hooper and the rest of the team are quite rightly focused on winning the William Webb Ellis Cup. But once our campaign inevitably ends without Bill as it has every year since 1999 – although I always dream otherwise – the executives […]