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Saumaki launches fundraiser for Tonga

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Hosea Saumaki is raising funds for his home nation of Tonga after the Pacific Island nation was devastated by a natural disaster last weekend.

Like many around the world who hail from the small island nation but live abroad, Saumaki woke to the news of the underwater volcano and resulting tsunami on Saturday, January 15.

Despite being unable to reach or speak to family, Saumaki came on as a replacement in the Heineken Champions Cup win against Connacht Rugby and scored the match-winning try in the final play of the game.

The Tongan Rugby international, who has played made three Test appearances, has started a GoFundMe Page with a goal of raising £5,000 and spreading awareness of his nation's need for support after the natural disasters.

Saumaki shared a statement online after launching the fundraising effort, writing: 

"It is with great sadness that I share the same grief as many other Tongans around the world of the recent Tsunami that struck my poor little country a few days ago.

"As heart breaking as it has been to see the news flooding my social media and feeling hopeless not being able to contact family and just being present to support my people during these times, remain hopeful in Gods faith & love for my country and pray that we will be get through this together!

"I've created a Go funding page to contribute just a tiny bit towards urgent care and aid much needed in Tonga. Your support would be gratefully appreciated during this time.

"However big or small everything counts!"

To donate CLICK HERE.