28 Mar 2018

Tonga's Education Minister adamant girls should not play rugby

From , 6:04 am on 28 March 2018

Tonga's Education Minister Penisimani Fifita remains adamant that girls should not play rugby or box.

Last week his ministry announced a ban on girls playing rugby or boxing at Tonga High School - one of the main government schools in the country.

Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva has since issued a statement saying all Tongans should be encouraged to participate and there should be no discrimination in any sports.

Mr Fifita told Don Wiseman about plans to stop all sport at all government schools for the rest of the year because of the time lost to Cyclone Gita.

Tonga girls play rugby

Tonga girls play rugby Photo: Supplied Talitha Project