14 May 2013

Sport: Tonga U20s eying return to top tier

11:18 am on 14 May 2013

Tonga coach Fe'ao Vunipola says the country's Under 20s team should be competing with the top rugby nations.

The Kingdom are leave for Chile shortly where they will be vying with seven other teams for the Junior World Rugby Trophy, and with it promotion to the Junior World Championship.

Tonga finished third at the same tournament last year and Fe'ao Vunipola says they need to get back to the elite level and be competing against the likes of New Zealand, Samoa and Fiji.

"We all know where we should be. I think we have the talent in Tonga, the local boys can compete I believe. When we played in Samoa last year -the Oceania Under 19s - I think we did really well, we competed with Samoa. It will all depend on how we perform in the tournament but we're doing everything we can to get the boys in tip-top shape to compete and to acheve and to be successful."

Tonga will face Canada, Uruguay and Japan in pool play in Chile.