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|Union||Tonga Rugby Football Union|
|World Cup Sevens|
|Appearances||5 (First in 1993)|
|Best result||7th (1993)|
World Rugby Sevens Series edit
2008–09 IRB Sevens World Series
Tonga have participated in only a few rounds of the World Rugby Sevens Series so far. They managed the bowl final in their first round of this series in Wellington, they won 24–56 over Cook Islands.
2009 Wellington Sevens
Tonga were in pool "A" along with Scotland, South Africa and Kenya for the Wellington round of the IRB World Sevens Series.
|1/4 final bowl||Niue||0–21||Tonga|
|Final bowl||Cook Islands||24–56||Tonga|
2015 Hong Kong Sevens
Challenger Series edit
Tonga have participated in the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series, the competition to gain promotion to the World Rugby Sevens Series. Tonga finished 6th in 2020 and 7th in 2022, failing to gain promotion. Tonga finished first in the 2023 Challenger Series, thereby gaining promotion to “core team” status for next season’s World Series.
Tournament history edit
Rugby World Cup Sevens edit
|World Cup record|
|2001||Did not qualify|
|2018||21st Place Final||22nd||4||1||3||0|
|2022||19th Place Final||20th||4||1||3||0|
Tonga's first appearance was at the 1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens held in Scotland. They finished at the top of their pool and progressed to the finals with four wins and a loss to the hosts. The quarter finals were another round robin with teams split into two pools. Tonga lost all their games and finished in seventh place overall.
The 1997 Rugby World Cup Sevens was held in the mecca of sevens rugby Hong Kong. The tournament was played over three days. Day 1 and 2 had a total of eight pools with three teams per pool. Teams were seeded at the end of Day 1 and assigned to their various pools for Day 2. Tonga had a win against Japan and a loss to New Zealand.
Tonga's pool on Day 2 was a repeat of Day 1 with Japan and New Zealand being pooled together with them. Day 2 yielded the same results as the previous day. They were placed in the Plate quarterfinals and recorded wins against Wales, the Cook Islands and the hosts, Hong Kong to win the Plate and finish in ninth place.
Hong Kong hosted the Sevens World Cup in 2005 for a second time. Tonga finished at the bottom of their pool and ended up in the Bowl quarterfinals where they defeated Chinese Taipei 28 – 19. They lost to Canada in the semi-finals 7 – 0 and finished in their lowest rankings at a World Cup in 19th place.
Tonga qualified for the 2009 World Cup in the Oceania region. The United Arab Emirates were the hosts for the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens. They were in Pool A and played against Arabian Gulf 7s, Italy 7s and New Zealand 7s. Tonga were second in their pool with two wins and a loss. They made it to the Plate quarterfinals and beat Tunisia 24 – 7. However, they lost to Australia in the semis 22 – 19. They finished in eleventh place overall.
|Olympic Games record|
|2016||Did not qualify|
|2020||Did not qualify|
|2024||To be determined|
Tonga finished second behind Australia at the 2015 Oceania Sevens Championship, and thus failed to advance to the 2016 Summer Olympics. Tonga also played in the 2019 Oceania Sevens Championship, but failed to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Commonwealth Games edit
|Commonwealth Games record|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|2022||9th–12th Place Semi-finals||=11th||5||2||3||0|
Pacific Games edit
|1999||Did Not Compete|
|2007||Did Not Compete|
Oceania Sevens edit
|2013||Did Not Compete|
|2016||5th Place Playoff||5th||6||4||0||2|
|2018||5th Place Playoff||5th||6||4||0||2|
|2019||5th Place Playoff||5th||5||4||0||1|
|2021||Did Not Compete|
|2023||5th Place Playoff||5th||5||4||0||1|
|William Pythagoras Helu|
|Ngase Ata Maile|
|Siaosi Kenitini Vakapuna|
Notable players edit
- Due to adverse weather conditions affecting the schedule of games, all classification finals except the fifth-place playoff and Championship Final were cancelled. The fifth-place match was played because of qualification implications.
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- World Rugby.org. "1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens". Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- World Rugby.org. "1997 Rugby World Cup Sevens". Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- World Rugby.org. "2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens". Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- World Rugby.org. "2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens". Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- World Rugby.org. "2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens". Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- "Malakai Fekitoa to captain Tonga 7s". RNZ. 2021-06-18. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
- "Samoa, Tonga fail to qualify for Olympic sevens". 1 News. Retrieved 21 October 2021.