8 Sep 2015

Sport: Test raises US$11k for former Tonga flanker

12:17 pm on 8 September 2015

The rugby test between Romania and Tonga at the weekend raised US$11,496 for former 'Ikale Tahi international Sione Vaiomounga.

The 26-year-old is suffering from kidney failure and the Romanian Rugby Federation donated the profits from ticket sales in Bucharest towards Vaiomounga's on-going care.

He was playing for Romanian champions CSM Baia Mare when he was diagnosed last year and represented Tonga in 13 tests.

Former Tonga flanker Sione Vaiomo'unga at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Former Tonga flanker Sione Vaiomo'unga at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 'Ikale Tahi won the Rugby World Cup warm-up match 21-16, with their former flanker leading the visitors onto the field before kickoff.

Romanian Rugby Federation president Haralambos Dumitras says rugby is a team sport and they wanted to help their ailing colleague and show that they were behind him.

The funds raised will also allow Vaiomounga to visit his family in Tonga, who he has not seen for more than a year.

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