Tag: TONGA

Another win for Tonga as Michael Jennings pledges long term

Slashing Parramatta centre Michael Jennings has pledged his allegiance to Tonga long-term and joins Jason Taumalolo, Andrew Fifita and Tevita Pangai in doing so. It’s another victory for the rising rugby league nation after a dream run at last year’s World Cup. “My focus now is Tonga,” he said. “I’d love to play Origin but […]

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“Most powerful image I’ve seen”: Matt Johns hails Taumalolo

Former Australian five-eigth Matthew Johns says the sight of Tongan forward Jason Taumalolo surrounded by his teammates in the semi-final pre-match is the most powerful image he’s ever seen in the game. “The moment I look back on, and made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, it was England v Tonga,” […]

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Kidwell’s wimpy comments should have all Kiwi fans shaking in their boots

BY SCOTT DILLON Kiwi coach David Kidwell is happy to speak to Tongan defector Jason Taumalolo post-match and says his New Zealand side won’t be “tapping into any emotion” in the lead-up to their blockbuster match this weekend. Kidwell’s comments regarding emotion is the complete opposite to what their opponents Tonga have been doing – […]

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Tongan coach hits back at critics, Wales not scared of trip to PNG

Tongan coach Kristian Kristian Woolf has hit back at critics of Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita’s defections ahead of the World Cup saying that his side was used to players going the other weay. “We understand it. We’re very accustomed to it. There are usually three or four late call-ups for us,” Woolf wrote for […]

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Diary of a traitor and why a defeated Australia is best for business

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis The Australian Kangaroos have had a mortgage on top spot in the rugby league world for an eternity. Okay sure, they did lose the 2008 World Cup, a series or two and the number one ranking for a short amount of time, but everybody knows they’re the big dogs, right? Long […]

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Cronk hammers Fifita for disrespecting Kangaroos just before announcement

Incumbent Australian half Cooper Cronk has ripped into Tongan World Cup defector Andrew Fifita after the big prop turned his back on the Kangaroos to represent the Tongans at the upcoming tournament. Cronk questioned Fifita’s methods saying he has disrespected the Kangaroos by leaving his switch so late. “I’ve got one thought on it and […]

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