Shared passion for rugby unites Tongan and Australian forces

The one week tour of Tonga by Australian Army Rugby Union (AARU) culminated on game day, with matches between the men’s and women’s elite defence teams on 11 May 2019.
Throughout the week the AARU trained with His Majesty’s Armed Forces players, played in a 7’s tournament, engaged with local school and church communities, and conducted coaching clinics.
AARU Program Manager, Lieutenant Colonel Ashley Cootes said the week-long tour provided opportunities for meaningful engagement between the Australian and Tongan rugby teams, both on and off the field.