Jason Taumalolo opts to play for Tonga

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  1. kiwileaguefan

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    Wait until they arrive in Auckland! I remember the rugby union world cup and the fans we're crazy at the airport! What taumalolo did is gonna fire up he's nation and there fans are gonna be all there to support them... Actually can't wait to watch them play
     
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    The island nation will never have the money like Australia and NZ do... They need all the help they can get if they wanna grow the international game... Tonga's national sport is not even rugby league so that makes it even more harder! That's why I'm happy taumalolo and fifita turned to help Tonga cause if they do well at this world they would actually make rugby league the main sport in Tonga
     
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    F*ck this. We're gonna beat Tonga like they stole somethin'.
     
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    Been watching some of the videos in Tonga on social media and they're getting swarmed by there fans everywhere they go... Especially taumalolo getting hugged by crying fans and thanking him for turning down the kiwi Jersey to represent Tonga... I mean tonga has very little chance of winning this world cup but these people don't care... I hope Tonga do play well for them... Can't wait until they get to auckland cause there's more Tongans in Auckland then there are in tonga
     
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    I see the kiwis are still whinging..


    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11932927&ref=twitter

     
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    It's the RL way, sook about what everyone else is doing instead of trying to improve to their level.
    There's nothing stopping the Kiwis from setting up their own mid-season rep program except lack of effort.
     
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    Getting spicy, can't wait for the nz tonga game! This is just what the tournament needed. Some hype and controversy but in a good way.
    Anyone who says international rugby league isn't important for the growth of the game has no idea!

    Former NRL player John Hopoate has threatened to "bash" New Zealand rugby league captain Adam Blair over his criticism of Jason Taumalolo and the North Queensland star's decision to play for Tonga at the Rugby League World Cup.
    https://www.msn.com/en-nz/sport/rugby-league/ill-bash-adam-blair-hoppa/ar-AAtnjfX
     
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    I'm confused....Where did all these fans come from... I thought the Tongan community only want born and bred Tongans in there team... thats what I read on these forums.
     
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    So your assuming all those locals celebrating with the tongan team all in this forum lol nah there's always gonna be tongan people against it but I'm pretty sure there's more supporting them for there decision to play for Tonga... Taumalolo is basically a king to them at this point... The tongan community in Auckland are gonna make there local supporters look like amateurs... Can't wait for this Pool B to start now... Gonna be some good games... Kiwis trying to payback taumalolo for ditching them and Tonga to answer back with no fear... And then probably the greatest rivalry out there Tonga vs Samoa is gonna be physical! Can't wait
     
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    You really think the NRL and ESL clubs would allow NZ players to go through a rep series?! Playa, pulleasse
     
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    "And who the hell is Adam Blair? I'll bash Adam Blair, I don't care, I'll bash him."

    hahaha classic Hoppa!
     
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    If they actually tried to and were blocked while Australia are allowed to have 3 Origin games, *then* they'd have something decent to whinge about
     
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    The previous NZRL CEO Phil Holden discussed this with us during a road show a few years back. He said it was blocked by the NRL clubs because they are already weakend by losing there SOO players.

    He also mentioned that playing extra test matches during this period was blocked by the club's.
     
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    As above. They have tried. And it was blocked.
     
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    Fair enough then, whinge away.
    Get it in the papers, call the NRL racists, threaten to have the Warriors break away!
     

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