For the first time in history, Australia faced off against the Mate Ma'a Tonga & their Sipi Tau.
Andrew Fifita led the Tongan Sipi Tau for the first time. Captain Sika Manu said in the post match interview that off the back of Jason Taumalolo leading it against the Kiwis in the World Cup last year, that Andrew would be the right person to lead it against his old team.
Tears flowed freely down the faces of the Mate Ma'a Tonga team in an emotional moment as young Lotima Nicholas Pome'e aka General Fiyah performed the Tongan national anthem with 26,000+ Tongan fans.
The Australian side had braced themselves for a sea of red & passionate Tongan supporters but they weren't expecting the level of respect shown them by the crowd when the full stadium launched into the Australian national anthem and sang along with Graham Isa'ako.
Dane Gagai summed up the moment in his post match interview with Fox News “The most amazing moment for me was when the crowd started singing the Australian national anthem”
Man of the match James Tedesco said "It was unbelievable at the start of the game they were all singing the Australian national anthem as well - they just love rugby league and to come out here and support their Tongan nation ....…more
Professor Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa on Mate Ma'a Tonga and the politics of Pacific rugby and league!
The secret behind Samoa’s incredible weightlifting success
Terron Beckham (well known fitness & sports industry personality - he's also NFL star Odell Beckham Jrs cousin) travels to Samoa to see what it takes for Samoans to chase their weightlifting dreams and lift the small Pacific island to be among the best in the world.
Be sure to check out the full video which features interviews with Samoa's top weighlifters, Samoa's weightlifting federation coach as well as Terron checking out Samoa's gyms and observing their culture on the Olympic Channel here as part of the Olympic Channels 'Olympic Outposts' series.
JORDAN MAILATA - Journey From Australian Rugby League hopeful to Eagles Draft Pick | NFL Undiscovered
Meet Jordan Mailata, the 6-foot-8, 345-pound, former rugby league player from Sydney, Australia.
Today the young 21 year old Samoan has achieved the improbable and made the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles roster! It's an incredible feat considering he's only played his first American football game four weeks ago and the list of talented, experienced Eagles players cut on Saturday.
Jordan has left a successful career in Australia to try and achieve the impossible – making an NFL roster, with no knowledge or previous experience of playing the game of American football.
This video from NFL Undiscovered follows his journey from an Australian Rugby League hopeful to Eagles Draft Pick.
22 year old Lulu Tuilotolava just became the FIRST Tongan to have made the Black Sticks Hockey team (NZ's National Womens Hockey Team) after being called up in May for the Tri Series against Australia and Japan & now again as part of the World Cup Squad who will be playing in England this month!
The 18 strong squad features 17 of the players who won Gold at the Commonwealth Games in April ... and Lulu! A spot became available in the team after midfielder Pippa Hayward retired.
Lulu was just 5 years old when her Dad, William Tuilotolava decided he wanted his children to play hockey. He had struck up a conversation with former Black Stick Caryn Paewai at the airport and then went home and told his wife he wanted his kids to get into hockey and since then Lulu and all of her siblings have played.
She started playing at Southern Districts Hockey Club in South Auckland and there weren't many other Pacific Islanders playing the sport but she said that it's slowly changing.…more
40 Samoan teams from Australia, Samoa and New Zealand compete in the Auckland Samoan Basketball Competition!
The ladies from the Metro Lioness Women's Football team show us how it's done!!
Established back in the 80's, the Metro Lioness team is still going strong. Women's Football is a growing sport in New Zealand, check it out!
Ratu Kadavulevu Schools under 18 side have created history by becoming the first Fijian school to win the Sanix World Youth Rugby Tournament in Japan!
RKS defeated New Zealand's champion high school, Hastings Boys High School 35 - 5 in the final and beat out Framesby High School from South Africa in the quarter finals and Australia's St Augustine's College in the semis.
Awesome for development for the game in the Pacific!
Watch the 1st half of the game in the video above and the 2nd half in the video below
Photo credit: Facebook/Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament
We were Keepin it Fresh down at the World School Sevens competition where teams from all over the world came to compete and see who would be crowned the World High School champions.
DIrector - Shimpal Lelisi
Editor - Shimpal & James Leonard
Camera Operator - Darryl Laumua
Sound Operator - Will Voigt