TONGA, does a Bob Hawk and declares a public holiday

Discussion in 'International' started by Foreign Legion, Nov 6, 2019.

  1. Foreign Legion

    Foreign Legion First Grade

    Feb 7, 2012
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    A public holiday has been declared in Tonga to celebrate last Saturday’s historic Test triumph over the Kangaroos, with members of the successful team invited to the island Kingdom for the celebrations.

    Prime Minister Pōhiva Tuʻiʻonetoa publicly congratulated Tonga coach Kristian Woolf, captain Jason Taumalolo and the players and staff for their emotion-charged 16-12 win at Eden Park and 14-6 win against Great Britain a week earlier.

    A public holiday has been approved on Friday, November 15, with players expected to begin arriving in Tonga next week.

    With the team forced to play as Tonga Invitational XIII due to political infighting, Prime Minister Tuʻiʻonetoa described Woolf’s side as the 'Winning Warriors' in a statement issued on Wednesday.


    Match Highlights: Tonga Invitational v Australia

    “Such is the spirit of immense joy, felicitations, and thankfulness conveyed, on behalf of His Majesty The King Tupou VI, The Government and the People of the Kingdom of Tonga, to the Captain, the Manager, the officials and the Head Coach of the Winning Warriors Tonga Team respectively, for the outstanding, awe inspiring, and unique triumph of the Tonga Rugby League Invitational XIII over the reigning Australian and British Rugby League Teams,” the statement said.

    Woolf is unable to attend the festivities as he left on Tuesday to take up his new role as head coach of St Helens in the Super League.

    The IRL is set to announce details of the 2020 international calendar, with Tonga expected to play New Zealand in the mid-year Oceania Cup Test and Fiji at the end of the season.
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  2. yakstorm

    yakstorm Bench

    Oct 7, 2003
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    So how are the current TNRL board going to justify their positions and all the drama they caused now?

    Woolf and the team are pretty much national heroes and are getting recognised as such, right from the King down.
  3. Burns

    Burns First Grade

    Nov 2, 2013
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    Can we please please please not ruin this in classic rugby league style?

    I am dead set flying to the next Tonga game
  4. milton

    milton Juniors

    Sep 6, 2005
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    Is it safe to say that league has taken over union as the #1 sport on the island? I read an article not long ago from one of the Tongan union world cup players stating that same thing.
  5. titoelcolombiano

    titoelcolombiano Bench

    Nov 21, 2010
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    Popularity wise, probably yes. We need to do a lot of work to lay the kind of domestic foundations that Union has in Tonga though. This is the time to strike though right throughout the Pacific.

    PNG and Fiji have a good domestic setups with a pathway to the QLD & NSW Cup. We need to leave a solid domestic legacy in Tonga and Samoa from this rise in Pacific RL.

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