Tonga were powered by Nando’s in their preparations for their Rugby World Cup.
The Pacific Island team have been based in Exeter ahead of their crucial Pool C clash at Sandy Park and took such a liking to the chicken dishes, they visited for 10 days in a row – with some players getting their fix of peri-peri more than once a day.
The Tongans have received a warm welcome in the South-West of England and their hosts have been more than happy to serve up helpings of chicken day after day.
Nando’s Exeter described the Tongans on their Facebook page as “hungry boys” and said that it felt like they’d become part of the Nando’s family.
They wrote: “Last visit from the Tonga Team before their match tomorrow! They visited everyday for the past 10 days, and feel like part of our family now!!! Good luck boys!!!!”
Their presence was building up throughout the week, as the Nando’s chain were extending their support before the Namibia match. Earlier in the week they wrote: “So we are having the Tonga’s team everyday this week! Powered by Nando’s! Lol good luck to them for Tuesday!!!”
A love of food in England was nothing new for the touring Tongans, who in their 2007 Rugby World Cup campaign reportedly ate 30 roast chickens, 27.2-kilograms of roast lamb, 27.2kg of roast beef, 13.6kg of potato salad and 40 litres of orange juice in a pub lunch.
Tonga scored five tries as they beat Namibia 35-21 and the win should boost their confidence before they face Argentina and the All Blacks next week. – (stuff.co.nz)