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Final planning for a national gridiron league in Tonga

Final planning for a national gridiron league in Tonga

Updated 16 July 2014, 11:16 AEST

After an attempt to establish an American Football competition stalled following the riots in Nuku'alofa in 2006, the sport is back on the agenda in Tonga.

The country's first international match is on the horizon, to be followed by the start of a national league next year.

The driving force behind the initiative is coach Siuaki Livai, the man who organised the demonstration match played between two teams of High School students at the end of last month.

Coach Livai says the response to what was the official launch of a gridiron programme for Tonga has been phenomenal.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Siuaki Livai, coach, gridiron program, Tonga

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