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Ban on sports for Tongan schoolgirls

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The Tongan Minister of Education has banned female students from taking up rugby and boxing in public schools.

A letter from the Education Minister Penisimani Fifita, to Tonga High School banned females in public schools from being involved in rugby or boxing.

Mr Fifita said the sports go against Tongan tradition and cultural values for women.

Former Blackfern and sports journalist Melodie Robinson said: "It takes the opportunity away from young women to make the choice of what they want to do.

"Women's rugby generally has so many fantastic Tongan women who are involved in the sport," she said. "They excel at it."

 "It just doesn't seem right that a certain type of sport would be banned."

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The letter from the Tongan Government. Facebook / So Tongan