New Zealand beats depleted Tonga 102-0 in rugby mismatch
The All Blacks opened their 2021 season in an unseemly cakewalk, beating a weakened Tonga team 102-0 on Saturday in a match that was a test in name only. New Zealand scored 16 tries, five to winger Will Jordan, three to scrumhalf Brad Weber and two to flanker Dalton Papalii. Winger George Bridge crossed Tonga’s line in the 82nd minute for the try that brought up an All Blacks century.news.yahoo.com
Pacific isles, secretive states among last virus-free places
The largest cluster of places without the coronavirus can be found in the scattered islands of the South Pacific. Here's a closer look:PACIFIC ISLANDS: The largest cluster of countries without the coronavirus is in the South Pacific. Much of the South Pacific is relatively poor and has basic health systems that would be ill-equipped to deal with major outbreaks. Not everywhere in the South Pacific has been spared, either. ___Associated Press reporters Kim Tong-hyung in Seoul, South Korea, and Daria Litvinova in Moscow contributed to this report.
England begins World Cup campaign with battling victory against Tonga
David Halaifonua of Tonga is tackled by Anthony Watson and Manu Tuilagi of England during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group C game between England and Tonga at Sapporo Dome on Sept. 22 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)(CNN) - England began its 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign with a hard-fought 35-3 win over Tonga to fire a warning to the tournament's other top teams. However, Tonga proved it can compete with any team in the world on a physical level, after a crunching tackle on England's Billy Vunipola heated up the affair. The almighty hit seemed to inspire the underdogs who equaled the score with a penalty of their own shortly after. Farrel fired over another penalty shortly after the restart, before Jamie George and Luke-Cowan Dickie charged over the line to put the game to bed.