Scottish Rugby donates 20 boxes of kit to Tonga Appeal

Scottish Rugby has supported the Six Nations Championship in its #TogetherforTonga campaign. Six Nations made a £100,000 donation to support the immediate relief effort which was co-ordinated by the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

Today 20 boxes of old kit left BT Murrayfield in transport provided by Scottish Rugby’s van supplier Ogilvie bound for the South Pacific.

Teacher Paul Koloi – a former rugby union player who went on to represent Tonga at rugby league – has been based in the UK for the past 22 years.

He has been volunteering to co-ordinate relief activity in both the rugby union and rugby league communities and he today drove the shirts from Edinburgh to St Helens ahead of our clash with Warrington tomorrow.

“I just cannot believe the generosity of Scottish Rugby to donate this kit,” he said. “It will go mainly to children to encourage them to come to training and help with their mental wellbeing as their communities come out of the tsunami,” Paul said.

“For me it was very important to come to BT Murrayfield and collect the kit in person and say a heartfelt thank you.”

Paul, who teaches in London, added: “The rugby communities have been wonderful in their support, and I hope very much to forge stronger links.

“There’s already a great relationship between Tonga and Scotland and I’d love to see if we could set up a gap year exchange programme in the future, to enable young people from our countries to visit each other and perhaps help with rugby coaching.”

There will also be drop-off points for replica shirts and equipment at our clash with Warrington tomorrow in the Main Car Park at the front of the stadium.