New Zealand lift women’s series trophy in Clermont

The NZ women 7s team are the series winners (photo: supplied/World Rugby)

CLERMONT, France-June 26: 3:34pm(World Rugby): New Zealand are the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series champions.

Fijians set for Tonga, Samoa

Jale Vatubua (center) trains with the Flying Fijians this afternoon at the Bidesi grounds (photo:supplied/Fiji Village)

SUVA, Fiji-June 26: 3:26pm(Fiji Times): Flying Fijians captain Akapusi Qera says they will be expecting a bruising physical encounter when they take on the Ikale Tahi Tonga and Manu Samoa during the World Cup qualifiers next month.

Fiji says no to hosting 2019 Pacific Games

Fiji has ruled itself out of hosting the 2019 Pacific Games. Photo: FASANOC

SUVA, Fiji-June 26: 3:14pm(RNZI): Fiji has ruled itself out of the running to replace Tonga as host of the 2019 Pacific Games.

Strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake hits near Tonga

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has hit an area about 200km northwest of the Pacific island of Tonga. Picture: USGS

NUKU’ALOFA-June 26: 10:06am(News.com): A STRONG 6.3-magnitude earthquake has hit an area about 200km northwest of the Pacific island of Tonga, the US Geological Survey says.

Surgery rules halfback Johnathan Thurston out for season, World Cup in doubt

Johnathan Thurston pumps the fists after kicking the winning conversion.Source:News Corp Australia

TOWNSVILLE, Australia-June 23: 3:32pm(News.com): Johnathan Thurston’s fairytale finish has been shattered.

Four potential destinations for Willie Tonga following Leigh release

Willie Tonga (photo: Suppleid/Sky Sports)

LEIGH, UK-June 23: 9:44am(Total Rugby League):Willie Tonga’s time at Leigh Centurions came to an end on Wednesday when the club announced he had been released from his contract.

Ambassador Wang Baodong Presents Letter of Credence to His Majesty King Tupou VI

His Excellency Wang Baodong with His Majesty. King Tupou VI (photo: supplied/Minister of Foreign Affairs of China)

NUKU’ALOFA-June 23: 9:36am(China Gov):On June 19, 2017, His Excellency Wang Baodong, new ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Kingdom of Tonga had audience with and presented Letter of Credence to King Tupou VI.

Tongan parliament to vote on Pac Games

Dr Aisake Eke (photo: Nuku'alofa Times)

NUKU’ALOFA-June 22: 1:45pm(RNZI): There appears to be a slim chance Tonga’s government could be forced to change its mind about the country pulling out of hosting the 2019 Pacific Games.

Tongans boost Romanian Rugby

Sione Faka’osilea, Tangimana Fonovai, and Paula Kinikinilau. (photo: supplied/Matangi Tonga)

BUCHAREST, Romania-June 22: 1:42pm(Matangi Tonga): Tongan rugby exports to Romania, helped secured a big win for Romania in a test match against Canada over the weekend. Tongan born winger Tangimana Fonovai scored two tries for his adopted country, resulting in a 25 – 9 victory over the Canadians.

Tongan designs inspire T-shirts produced at art workshop

TONGAN INFLUENCE: Elgin School’s Teremoana Cummings and Tretana Stafford with their tapa-inspired hand-painted T-shirts, with their classmates and teachers from Rooms 1 and 2. Picture by Liam Clayton

GISBORNE, New Zealand-June 22: 1:36pm(Gisborne Herald): An Art workshop at the Whirikoka Campus at Te Wananga o Aotearoa Gisborne is one of many Matariki events taking place this week.