Shannon Frizell confirms move to Japan after Rugby World Cup 2023

All Black Shannon Frizell and his Super Rugby Pacific team, The Highlanders, have confirmed the 28-year-old’s move to Japan Rugby League One after the Rugby World Cup 2023. Frizell will join All Blacks teammate Richie Mounga in Tokyo on the Toshiba Brave Lupus team coached by Todd Blackadder.

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The near flanker has recently gone through a series of injuries as well as a trial that has left him on the sidelines several times throughout his time in the black jersey. When Frizell was healthy, he put in some strong performances on the international stage, but No. 6 was an experimenting position for the All Blacks, Ian Foster tried out Frizell, Akira Ioan, Scott Barrett and Ethan Blackadder, and while Frizell was a game-changer. in 2022, Barrett looks like the preferred option.

“I’ve heard a lot about Brave Lupus and its glorious history from other New Zealanders playing for the club now and in the past, Frizell said of the move. I look forward to getting my family into the club and meeting all the fans.”

Frizell’s physicality will be an asset to be put to good use in the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season and he will no doubt get a chance to add to his 25 All Black appearances during the Rugby World Cup year. A contract with Japan allows the former Tongan footballer to return to New Zealand ahead of the 2027 World Cup, but like Mounga, he will not be eligible for All Black selection until he returns to the local colors.

Tonga claim Rugby World Cup spot to face two of the world’s top three sides in daunting group

Tonga beat Hong Kong to secure a spot at the France Rugby World Cup 2023. Tonga secured their place in the Rugby World Cup 2023 by overtaking Asian champions Hong Kong. The Tongans triumphed 44-22 in the Asia-Pacific Playoffs on Saturday at Australia’s Sunshine Coast Stadium to claim a spot in next year’s France Exhibition Tournament, their ninth World Cup appearance.

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They will now join Romania, Ireland, Scotland and world champions South Africa in Group B, starting their campaign against the Irish in Nantes on 16 September 2023. one) and the reigning South African champions (number three).

Tonga’s attempt to qualify for the World Cup began a little over a year ago when they lost to Samoa in both legs of the Oceania 1 playoffs (42-13 and 37-15), losing 79-28 on aggregate. The Pacific Islanders then scored a 54-10 victory over the Cook Islands, earning them the right to compete in the Asia-Pacific 1 playoff against Hong Kong.

As for Hong Kong, their hopes of qualifying are not yet over as they move on to the final qualifier in November, a four-team round robin with Portugal, Kenya and the US.  Hong Kong, which is led by former Dragons player Lewis Evans as coach, has never qualified for the Rugby World Cup, while Tonga has conceded only once since the start of the tournament.

Most spine-tingling moment of the Rugby World Cup so far

The Samoans established themselves as the Kings of the Pacific in football, beating Tonga 20-18 in a fierce Rugby World Cup encounter preceded by a spectacular battle dance made possible just seconds before kick-off.

The victory means the Toa Samoa have booked themselves a semi-final against the hosts on Sunday Morning (AEDT), but they may have to do so without two of their most important players: skipper Junior Paulo and Joseph Sualiya.

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Both men will nervously wait to see if they will be suspended for a clash over separate incidents, which was a fiery, but not vicious, clash. The scene was set in Warrington as the two nations of the Pacifica confronted each other before a match during their war dances.

The hairs on the back of their heads stood on end as the Tongan team performed their Sipi Tau and the Samoan players united for their Shiva Tau. The two teams came together separately, kneeling in front of Paulo and fellow captaincy Siliva Havili as they led teams Samoa and Tonga respectively.

The sides then came together in the middle of the pitch, squaring off as they continued with their spine-tingling war dance within inches of each other. The spectacle was made possible when the two sides reached a last-minute agreement to perform their war dances at the same time, something the Samoan captain believed would unite the two island nations. 

When we went to the draw, there was talk about who would go first, Paulo told Fox Sports. I just spoke to Jace and asked him if we want to do this together, thinking it’s a good sign of unity between the two countries and support for rugby in general. For more know about Rugby World Cup Tickets.

“This is a really proud moment, for me too, my partner is Tongan and my kids are half-hearted, so it will always be a difficult conversation about who to support. But I think it’s the best thing about celebrating both cultures, Paulo said.”

After a fierce fight, both sides and their support staff gathered in a large prayer circle after the match. The scenes were widely acclaimed by fans, who were delighted not only with the confrontation, but also with the intense physical 80 minutes of action that followed. However, Samoa’s thrilling two-point victory came at a high cost.

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Superstar defender Suaalia was called to account for raising his knees while Felize Kaufusi tried to tackle him in the first half. This isn’t the first time the Roosters star has been in trouble for a dangerous act; earlier this year, he was issued a notice to that effect by the NRL. However, the Rugby World Cup match review committee will not take this previous offense into account and it remains to be seen whether he will face disciplinary action or be suspended.

If Samoa coach Matt Parish has anything to do with it, he won’t. I would be surprised if anything came of it [Swaalia’s high knees], Parish said after the game. He was incredible, wasn’t he for a 19 year old guy. He was incredible for our group for a young man. He studied well and received a good education.

Parish will also be nervously waiting to see if his captain, Paulo, is in danger of being suspended. He was called out late in the game for an alleged forearm strike to the throat while trying to tackle David Fifita.

The Samoa coach seemed stunned that Paulo was even facing a sanction. Not really, I was very surprised by this and the penalty in general, Parish said after being asked if he was worried his skipper would be suspended for an alleged forearm.

Either way, Samoa will need a big turnaround when they face England at the iconic Emirates Stadium  Sunday morning after being embarrassed by the hosts 60-6 in the first leg. Easy victories over Greece and France followed before a heartbreaking victory over Tonga in front of a rowdy crowd of over 12,000 secured them a place in the semi-finals.

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They started impressively, kicking with their front foot before Dragons’ far rower Jaydn Su’Ah slid through the hole freed by Felize Kaufusi before bizarre footwork saw him score the first goal four minutes later.

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