Nukualofa, 1 November 2015: With much speculation being made in the media about the upcoming USA Eagles vs All Blacks test in Soldier Field, it was fortunate to have one of our own there checking out the action and having the opportunity to be exposed to some of the best players in the world.
Tongan National 7s coach, Andy Katoa, returned to the US this week to attend the gala dinner hosted by USA Rugby, and catch up with some of his old charges. Katoa himself is no stranger to the USA Rugby system, having been the Eagles 7s manager, and being associated with player development at a national level. Not to mention he has also been recognised as the mentor of Carlin Isles, regarded as the fastest man in world rugby.
In a touching tribute, a video testimony was also played to support Women’s Eagles player Jillion Potter, recently diagnosed with cancer.
Andy will be back with the Tongan team soon, no doubt bringing back with him a wealth of new strategies from the Central Coast Sevens, and from reconnecting with the Eagles and meeting with the All Blacks.
Tonga ‘Ikale Tahi will face the USA Eagles on 15 November at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, UK. Check in for updates on the team and the tour as they come to hand.