World Rugby releases funds to Tonga Rugby

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Ikale Tahi team ready for clash. Photo/Facebook

The World Rugby has released TP$532,890.00 (£165,000) to help fund the Tongan rugby union.

The money was part of the TP$1.25 million (£390,000.00) the World Rugby has promised to give Tonga for the current fiscal year.

This would be split into TP$968, 891 (£300,000) for High Performance programme and TP$290, 667 (£90,000.00) for the development programme.

Feʻao Vunipola, the TRU interim CEO said: “Around 60-70% of High Performance funds are for the Ikaletahi with the rest for the other teams and HP posts”.

The funds for the development programme will cover local games including “Get Into Rugby programmes, TAG Rugby and  Coach Education”

“TRU is grateful to our Government for their timely help that funds are now being released by World Rugby and although it was cut due to poor governance in previous years, take the view that it could have been worse”. Vunipola said.

Meanwhile the ʻIkaletahi team is in Fiji for the Pacific Nations Cup and they will face Fiji at 3pm Saturday at the ANZ Stadium.

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