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Sports 10 Feb 2011   »   by TheWhatItDo

The Go Tonga Go Campaign Wants Your Autograph!

On February 12-13, 2011, thousands of spectators will watch some of the best rugby players on the planet compete at the 2011 USA Rugby Sevens in Las Vegas, the fourth event in this year’s HSBC Sevens World Series. Aside from the sixteen international teams competing in The HSBC World Sevens Series, the national Tonga team, one of the ‘O for awesome’ teams in the world, will not be present, but this does not stop Tonga’s rugby fans from attending the tournament.

IRB invited other teams besides Tonga, “ said Vahafolau Esikia, a 30 year-old former national USA Eagles rugby player with 21 years of rucking rugby experience, a San Francisco Bay Area native, and leader of the Go Tonga Go Campaign, petitions on behalf of  a collection of signatures to stir up a fan base support for Tonga’s national rugby team 2012 USA Rugby Sevens invitation. Over 5,000 signatures will be targeted from rugby fans and supporters of a Tongan national Seven’s team invitation.

Sponsored by Bula Beverage, Esikia will be at the Go Tonga Go Campaign booth from 2:30 to 4:00pm at this weekend’s tournament along with supporters, Sione Po’uha of the New York Jets, and Deuce Lutui of the Arizona Cardinals. “A few other NFL guys will stop by too,” Esikia added. Go show your support and give them your autograph!

Live performances from Independent Urban Island Artists will perform in the fan festival area to show support for the campaign.  They will also be giving away free tickets to Hawaii’s biggest Jawaiian Music Star Fiji, concert following the tournament Saturday night.  “With the support of our sponsor Bula Beverage, we look forward to reaching our goal,” said Vahafolau.  It should be a very exciting and eventful weekend in Las Vegas, NV and that’s WHAT IT DO!

Graphic Flier: Provided by Jake Kongaika

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