Monday, 3 September 2007

Tongan Irish

One in the eye for the IRBs commercial department as Tonga's Epi Taione, no stranger to controversy, has apparently changed his name by deed poll to ...wait for it ...Paddy Power.

A former Sale Shark and Newcastle Falcon whose playing career in England came to an end after he was found guilty of biting Munster's Dennis Leamy, Taione (or "Power", as we might now have to call him) has reportedly signed a sponsorship deal with the Irish bookmakers who have agreed a five-figure deal to fund hard-up Tonga's preparations for the Rugby World Cup.
"I haven't got any Irish heritage - although I'm partial to a nice pint of Guinness and like listening to U2," said the new Mr. Power.

This is more like it - after the phony war of the last few weeks finally some real news!

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