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Football’s first fa’afafine: trans rights trailblazer Jaiyah Saelua on stardom and sisterhood

Fa’afafine athlete and advocate Jaiyah Saelua, and Kaimana, the fa’afafine actor who will play her in Taika Waititi’s latest film, find shared celebration in a uniquely Polynesian storyJaiyah Saelua is a footballer first.The first openly transgender wo…

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Rugby league’s Pacific revolution goes global after Tongan triumph | Patrick Skene

The growth in stature of Tonga, Fiji and Samoa has meant rugby league has become the new connective tissue for the regionAs Australia worked through the seven stages of grief (with heavy doses of anger and denial) following Saturday’s defeat at Eden Pa…