22 Feb 2017

Sport: Stadium delays force Tongan rugby test offshore

From , 4:00 pm on 22 February 2017

Tonga's long wait to host another rugby international continues after confirmation the June test against Wales will be played in another country.

The 'Ikale Tahi have not played on home soil since a 2009 defeat against Fiji in Nuku'alofa.

Teufaiva National Stadium is being redeveloped for the Pacific Games but promised upgrades remain well behind schedule.

Vinnie Wylie reports.

The Wales Rugby Union had expressed concerns about the availability of medical cover in Tonga, in case of a serious injury, and about the readiness of Teufaiva National Stadium.

World Rugby pulled the pin last week, confirming the test would be relocated to another country.

'Ikale Tahi coach Toutai Kefu says the news was expected.

Tonga rugby players celebrate.