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at Welsh (Wales) rugby union matches, Australians later modified the tune and created their own chant (Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi!). England supporters sing "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", a song long popular in rugby union clubs since the words lend themselves readily to a sequence of lewd hand gestures, which the Australians have been singing as well in the last decade. The Welsh sing "Cwm Rhondda", which is the tune of the hymn "Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer"

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France (France national rugby union team) 19-14 in the latter pool stages. However, a previous heavy defeat to the All Blacks at the tournament's opener (41–10) and a subsequent tight loss to Canada (Canada national rugby union team) (25–20) meant that Tonga lost out to France (who also lost to NZ (All Blacks)) for the quarter finals due to 2 bonus points and a points difference of 46. Tonga's best result before 2007 came in 1995 (1995 Rugby World Cup), when they beat Côte d'Ivoire 29–11, and 1999 (1999 Rugby World Cup) when they beat Italy 28–25 (although with only 14 men they lost heavily to England, 101–10). Tonga perform the Ikale Tahi war dance (Kailao) or Sipi Tau (a form of Kailao) before all their matches. Tonga used to compete in the Pacific Tri-Nations against Samoa and Fiji, which has now been replaced by the IRB Pacific Nations Cup, which now involves Japan (Japan national rugby union team), Canada (Canada national rugby union team), and the United States (United States national rugby union team). At club level, there are the Datec Cup Provincial Championship and the Pacific Rugby Cup. Rugby union is governed by the Tonga Rugby Football Union, which was a member of the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance and contributed to the Pacific Islanders rugby union team, before they were disbanded in 2009. Many players of Tongan descent – e.g., Jonah Lomu, Israel Folau, Viliami "William" ʻOfahengaue (Viliami Ofahengaue), Malakai Fekitoa, Ben Afeaki, Charles Piutau, Frank Halai, Sekope Kepu, George Smith (George Smith (rugby union)), Wycliff Palu (Cliff Palu), Sitaleki Timani, Salesi Ma'afu, Anthony (Anthony Faingaa) and Saia Faingaa, Mark Gerrard, Cooper Vuna, Doug Howlett, Toutai Kefu and Tatafu Polota-Nau – have played for either the All Blacks or the Wallabies. British and Irish Lion (British and Irish Lions) and Welsh international player Taulupe "Toby" Faletau (Taulupe Faletau) is Tongan born and the son of Tongan international Kuli Faletau. Taulupe's cousins and England international players Billy (Billy Vunipola) and Mako Vunipola (who is also a British and Irish Lion), are sons of former Tonga rugby captain Fe'ao Vunipola. Rugby is popular among the nation's schools, and students from schools such as Tonga College and Tupou College are regularly offered scholarships in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Rugby league has gained some success. In the 2008 Rugby League World Cup Tonga (Tonga national rugby league team) recorded wins against Ireland (Ireland national rugby league team) and Scotland (Scotland national rugby league team). In addition to the success of the national team, many players of Tongan descent make it big in the Australian National Rugby League competition. These include Willie Mason, Manu Vatuvei, Brent Kite, Willie Tonga, Anthony Tupou, Antonio Kaufusi, Israel Folau, Taniela Tuiaki, Michael Jennings (Michael Jennings (rugby league)), Tony Williams (Tony Williams (rugby league)), Feleti Mateo, Fetuli Talanoa, to name a few. Subsequently, some Tongan Rugby league players have established successful careers in the British Super League such as Antonio Kaufusi. Commons:Category:Tonga WikiPedia:Tonga Dmoz:Regional Oceania Tonga

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Stamps work Preservation and Care of Philatelic Materials publisher American Philatelic Society url http: CARE subp2.htm accessdate 2008-07-06 and Tonga in April 1969 in an attempt to avoid the tendency of traditional water-activated stamps to stick together in humid conditions.

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names appearing on nautical maps and perhaps various other maps, people giving it another name and or nickname to it, visually marking the presence of this particular island with a buoy as it seems to pose a significant isolated danger to passing vessels in nearby busy marine traffic areas, an important marine ecosystem existing on and or around it, & etc. then such federally-designated islands as these must be of some significance, because the federal government, various government agencies

of such islands as these using tax-payer money, the man hours it took to record these into government datatbases, such islands as these with their designated names appearing on nautical maps and perhaps various other maps, people giving it another name and or nickname to it, visually marking the presence of this particular island with a buoy as it seems to pose a significant isolated danger to passing vessels in nearby busy marine traffic areas, an important marine ecosystem existing on and or around

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family and noble families. The Legislative Assembly sits for 4 or 5 months every year . '''Niuafo Commons:Category:Tonga WikiPedia:Tonga Dmoz:Regional Oceania Tonga

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and can be one of the most difficult gamefish to capture. Their habit of making high-speed downward runs when hooked, even on heavy tackle, often sees the line being cut as it contacts deep bottom structure. Sharks frequently mutilate both hooked and speared fish during the later stages of the fight, adding to the difficulty in landing them. The majority of dogtooth tuna captures have tended to be made by trolling with dead and live baits or with lures, particularly deep-swimming plugs

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broadcasting station in Tonga, solely owned by the government of Tonga. It operates two free-to-air TV channels (Television Tonga and Television Tonga 2), one AM commercial radio channel (Radio Tonga), one FM commercial radio channel (Kool 90FM), and a 24-hour Radio Australia relay channel (FM103). TBC relies on profits from its TV & radio advertising sales, and from its retail radio shop outlet located in Vava'u. Its retail radio shop in Nukuʻalofa Nuku

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, Tonga, Fiji, and Chile. On his return he published further important books dealing with the botany of North America and South Africa. '''Sione Tuitupu Lauaki''' (born 22 June 1981 in Tonga) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He is a New Zealand (New Zealand national rugby union team) international. His brother, Epalahame Lauaki, is a 2nd rower rugby league player previously playing for Hull (Hull F.C.) in the Super League competition. '''Viliami (William) 'Ofahengaue''' (born May 3, 1968 in Kolofoou, Tonga), widely known as '''Willie O''', earned 41 caps (Cap (sport)) for the Australian rugby union side (Australia national rugby union team) from 1990 to 1998 and played in the World Cups of 1991 and 1995 as well as the World Cup Sevens in 1993. '''Rene Naufahu''' (born May 1970) is a New Zealand-born actor, screen writer and director of Tongan and Samoan heritage. He is perhaps best known for being an original cast member of the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, playing paramedic Sam Aleni for the show's first four years. However since leaving the soap opera in 1996 he has gone on to have other success. '''Rodney Blake''' (born 29 April 1983 in Tonga) is a professional Australian rugby union footballer. He plays prop (Prop (rugby union)) for the Melbourne Rebels. He previously played for Bayonne (Aviron Bayonnais) in France. He is sometimes referred to as '''Rodzilla'''. His father Paul is a former Otago (Otago Rugby Football Union) flanker. In June 2006, Blake made his debut for the Wallabies (Australia national rugby union team). Ma'afu's ancestor, Enele Ma'afu, was a Tongan (w:Tonga) prince who was exiled to Fiji following disagreements within the Tongan royal family. He conquered Taveuni (w:Taveuni) and the Lau Islands (w:Lau Islands), taking the title of ''Tui Lau (w:Lau)'' (King of Lau). He later participated, with the Fijian King Cakobau (w:Seru Epenisa Cakobau), in the ceding of the islands to the United Kingdom (w:United Kingdom) in 1874. The Tui Lau title has since been held by such noted individuals as Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna (w:Lala Sukuna) (considered modern Fiji's first statesman) and Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara (w:Kamisese Mara), independent Fiji's first Prime Minister and second President (w:List of Presidents of Fiji). "That is the area where Australian plate collides with Asian plate (w:Indo-Australian Plate) and that extends through the Indonesian islands up to Sumatra (w:Sumatra) and Thailand (w:Thailand) in the north and east through PNG (w:New Guinea) to Tonga (w:Tonga) and New Zealand (w:New Zealand)," he said. "Preliminary reports point to a 5 to 6 in the Darwin region - this means that the earthquake would have been felt by almost everyone indoors according to the Modified Mercali Scale (w:Mercalli Intensity Scale) which measures the impact of seismic waves (w:Seismic wave) on structures." Commons:Category:Tonga WikiPedia:Tonga Dmoz:Regional Oceania Tonga

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that "the Imperial family of Japan and the Royal family of Tonga have developed a cordial and personal relationship over the years". thumb 260px left James Cook witnessing human sacrifice in Tahiti (File:James Cook, English navigator, witnessing human sacrifice in Taihiti (Otaheite) c. 1773.jpg) c. 1773 Cook almost encountered the mainland of Antarctica, but turned back north towards Tahiti to resupply his ship. He then resumed his southward course in a second fruitless attempt to find the supposed continent. On this leg of the voyage he brought with him a young Tahitian named Omai, who proved to be somewhat less knowledgeable about the Pacific than Tupaia (Tupaia (navigator)) had been on the first voyage. On his return voyage, in 1774 he landed at the Friendly Islands (Tonga), Easter Island, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu. His reports upon his return home put to rest the popular myth of Terra Australis. Commons:Category:Tonga WikiPedia:Tonga Dmoz:Regional Oceania Tonga


'''Tonga''' ( of the southern Pacific Ocean, of which 52 are inhabited by its 103,000 people. Official Tongan Government Tourism Website 70% of Tongans reside on the main island of Tongatapu.

Tonga stretches over about in a north-south line about a third of the distance from New Zealand to Hawaii. It is surrounded by Fiji and Wallis and Futuna (France) to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast, Niue to the east, Kermadec (Kermadec Islands) (part of New Zealand) to the southwest, and New Caledonia (France) and Vanuatu to the farther west.

Tonga became known as the '''Friendly Islands''' because of the congenial reception accorded to Captain James Cook (James Cook) on his first visit in 1773. He arrived at the time of the '' i Tonga (the islands' paramount chief) and so received an invitation to the festivities. According to the writer William Mariner (William Mariner (writer)), the chiefs wanted to kill Cook during the gathering but could not agree on a plan. Mariner, William (William Mariner (writer)) and Martin (John Martin (meteorologist)), John (1817). ''An account of the natives of the Tonga islands in the south Pacific ocean: With an original grammar and vocabulary of their language. Compiled and arranged from the extensive communications of Mr. William Mariner, several years' resident in those islands'', Volume 2, pp. 64–65. Retrieved 3 November 2010.

Tonga has never lost its sovereignty to a foreign power. The Commonwealth. In 2010, Tonga took a decisive step towards becoming a fully functioning constitutional monarchy , after legislative (legislature) reforms paved the way for its first partial representative elections.

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