Kei Siaosi 'Iongi

A Tongan rugby hero who played for Tonga during 1960s died and his body was laid to rest last week Friday 13.

Kei Siaosi ‘Iongi, 71, of Nukunuku represented Tonga’s national rugby union team  when it played against Fiji in 1967.

His sister Keta ‘Iongi Palu won Tonga two respective gold medals in the South Pacific Games 1969 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and in 1971 in Papeete, Tahiti.

Keta’s son Wycliff Palu plays rugby union for the New South Wales Waratahs.

Kei ‘Iongi was Tongan-Australian netball player Mo’onia Gerrard  and her rugby player brother Mark Gerrards’ uncle. The Gerrards’ mother Kalasi ‘Iongi Gerrard is Kei’s younger sister.

Kei’s son Sioeli ‘Iongi is currently playing rugby union in Japan.

Kei ‘Iongi who played as a winger was remembered by many as a person who had his own style of running with the ball he was outstandingly known and associated with by locals when they talked about rugby in Kei’s time in rugby union field.

He was a retired police inspector and he is survived by his wife and eight children.

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  1. Kuo pekia ‘a e helo ‘i he mala’e ‘o e ‘akapulu ‘iunioní ‘a ia ne ne va’inga ma’a Tonga ‘i he ngaahi ta’u ‘o e 60 tupu ‘i he Falaite uike kuo ‘osi ‘aho 13 ʻo Māʻasi ní.

    Ka kuo hoko ʻene pekiá ke ʻohake ai ta ko e fāmilí ʻoku totolo e talēniti sipotí ʻi honau totó.
    Na’e fakafofonga’i ‘e Kei Siaosi ‘Iongi ta’u 71 ‘o Nukunuku ‘a e timi fakafonua ‘a Tongá ʻi heʻene tau mo Fisi ʻi he 1967.

    Ko hono tuofefine foki ʻa Keta ʻIongi Palu ne ne ikuna maʻa Tonga ha ongo mētali koula ʻe ua ʻi he Sipoti ʻa e Pasifiki Saute ʻi he 1969 ʻi Papua Niukini pea pehē ki he 1971 ʻi Pepeete, Tahiti.

    Ko e tamasi’i foki ʻa Keta ʻa Wycliffe Palu ʻoku iloa ‘ene vaʻinga ʻakapulu ʻi ʻAositelēliá.

    Ko Moʻonia Gerrard, taʻahine netipolo ʻiloa ʻa Tonga ʻi Aositelēliá mo Mark Gerrard ko e tangata ʻakapulu ʻiloa mo ia ʻi ʻAositelēlia ko ʻena faʻētangata moʻoni ʻa Kei. Ko e faʻē ʻa e ongo Gerrards, ʻa Kalasi ʻIongi Gerrard, ko e tuofefine siʻisiʻi ia ʻo Kei.

    ʻOku ʻi ai ʻa e foha ʻo Kei ʻoku lolotonga vaʻinga ʻakapulu foki ʻi Siapani ko Sioeli ʻIongi.

    Naʻe ʻiloa ʻa Kei he malaʻe ʻakapulú ʻi heʻene faʻahinga leleʻi pulu pe ia ʻaʻana ne makehe ʻi hono taimí.

    Ko e tangata ni foki ne ne maʻu vāhenga mālōlō ʻi he lakanga ʻinisipekita polisí pea ʻoku kei moʻui pe hono uaifí mo e fānau ʻe toko 8.

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