Ikale Tahi to play Fiji on the road to Japan in Eden Park rugby double-header
Ikale Tahi (Tonga) will play Fiji Airways Flying Fijians in the Pasifika Challenge II The Road to Japan at Eden Park on Saturday, August 31, 2019.
The match is an important step for Tonga’s preparation on the road to Japan and is part of a blockbuster Pasifika double-header with Manu Samoa taking on New Zealand Heartland XV.
“We love playing at Eden Park as the support we get is fantastic,” said Toutai Kefu, Ikale Tahi Head Coach.
The boys are really excited to play in front of their family and friends in what will be an extremely important fixture for us on the road to Japan.
In addition to funding their participation, event promoters Left Field Live have promised the Teams an added financial incentive based on the final crowd attracted to the game. A sell-out crowd on August 31 will deliver the strongest possible financial windfall for Tonga, Samoa and Fiji who will share in this upside equally.
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development General Manager Destination, Steve Armitage, says: “This is yet another occasion to acknowledge our place as a city of the Pacific, highlighting our status as the largest Polynesian city in the world by providing a stage for our Pasifika communities to come together to support and celebrate their teams.”
The Tongan Consul in New Zealand, Mr Lenisiloti Sitafooti Aho, himself a former Ikale Tahi player expressed his pride in Ikale Tahi and is looking forward to strong Tongan community support: “We are a small island with a big heart and we look forward to a big turnout from the Auckland Tongan community to show our support and love for the team ahead of Japan.”
Pasifika Challenge II – The Road To Japan
2pm: New Zealand Heartland XV vs. Manu Samoa
4:30pm: Ikale Tahi vs. Fiji Airways Flying Fijians
WHEN: August 31, 2019
WHERE: Eden Park, Auckland
COST: Starting from $25
Tickets and more information available HERE