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Cyclone razes Wallaby prop's Tongan home

The family of Wallaby and Queensland Reds prop Taniela Tupou are among those to have their home wiped out when category four Cyclone Gita battered Tonga.

Cyclone razes Wallaby prop's Tongan home

The family of Wallaby and Queensland Reds prop Taniela Tupou are among those to have their home wiped out when category four Cyclone Gita battered Tonga.

Wallaby prop Taniela Tupou has asked for donations after his family home was among dozens flattened when Cyclone Gita battered Tonga.

The category four storm destroyed the Pacific nation's parliament building and badly damaged an estimated 40 per cent of homes in the island nation's capital.


"To simply put it, our house was completely destroyed," the 21-year-old said on Wednesday (AEDT).

"My family and I are asking for your help to rebuild whatever we can.

"No amount is too small we are grateful for anything that can help us."

The Australian and New Zealand governments have pledged a combined $1 million in aid for the Polynesian kingdom.

Tupou said his heart was breaking, having found out the home was "gone" even before the cyclone reached land.

Tonga-born but New Zealand educated, Tupou moved to Australia three years ago with a dream of playing for the Wallabies.

He made his debut in Scotland in November just weeks after becoming eligible to represent Australia.

Tupou was part of the Queensland Reds side that reached the semi-finals of the Brisbane Tens and may be part of the Reds' final pre-season trial on Thursday against Fiji Warriors.

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