Tongan players threatening boycott

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  1. adamkungl

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    Taukeiaho is better than JWH and Bromwich and Fonua-Blake would likely find a spot at least off the bench.

    I can't see Fifita or Tupou playing for Australia but Tevita Pangai Jr probably has a future there if he wants it.

    The rest, meh. Suck it up or don't play international footy basically.
     
  2. Matua

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    I don't think any of the Tongan props are better than Bromwich,To clarify, by starting I meant the run on team, Taukeiaho and Fonua-Blake would definitely be two of the four props in a combined team.
     
  3. Burns

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    Will the Tests go ahead if Tonga players boycott? Thoughts?
     
  4. adamkungl

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    https://www.abc.net.au/radio-austra...qr37Ld183VeztenqCB5OiHZAlvpQy8hMGPC151OvJkJ0U

    A war of words between Tongan rugby-league players and their board has escalated.

    Tonga NRL Chairman George Koloamatangi has told ABC Radio Australia stars like Andrew Fifita are "not the sharpest tools in the shed".

    He's also dismissed players concerns about the financial management of the organisation, and accused senior players of intimidating members of the team.

    The comments come as a group of Tongan NRL Star threaten to boycott all international fixtures, and follows a decision by the board sacked head-coach Kristian Woolf.
     
  5. adamkungl

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    The Tongan board's view

    -Players deliberately mis-informed by Woolf and ex-board members
    -Woolf running his own show for years, and deliberately undermining their attempts to introduce a more professional approach
    -Ex-board failed basic governance for years


    Now, obviously they're gonna tell their side and not gonna throw themselves under the bus. So from this it's impossible to know how truthful they are.

    On the other hand, never doubt the ability for some RL players to have a dangerous combination of extreme ego and complete lack of intelligence.
     
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  6. Burns

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    If the board think Woolf is no good, why would they appoint Garth Brennan?
     
  7. adamkungl

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    They think Woolf is a toxic influence, rather than a poor coach.
     
  8. titoelcolombiano

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    Can't agree more. You see it in the NRL too. The Broncos and Roosters are despised when really, all clubs should be that financially successful.
     
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  9. shinobi

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    With Woolf being signed on to coach st helens i imagine it would be pretty hard to keep coaching the tongan team?

    As a kiwi though, i'm loving the drama.
     
  10. Mr Angry

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    Just as they got good, destroyed by admins.
     
  11. latingringo101

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    This is the 3rd nation in two years that this has happened to.

    First Fiji, then Lebanon and now Tonga.

    I know players are allowed to have a say but there seems to be a clear divide between NRL players and their national federations.

    The RLIF need to set up clear cut rules for dealing with Australian based teams and their domestic boards back at home because it doesn't seem right that the power and influence comes from NRL players and not the national federations themselves.
     
  12. Shoulder Charge

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    Frank Endacott has been appointed head coach for the two tests at the end of the year, coaching staff includes Duane Mann Manu vatuvei and Leslie vainikolo
     
  13. Shoulder Charge

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  14. Burns

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    Who?

    A guy who hasn't coached since 2005 for Widnes.

    Lol @ Tonga
     
  15. Shoulder Charge

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    And since 2000 at International level ffs
     
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  17. adamkungl

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    Wtf I thought they had Garth Brennan
     
  18. Shoulder Charge

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    Fat George K’s plan was to have a Brennan coach the 9’s and then have another coach the tests against GB and Australia :face_palm_tone3:‍♂️ I don’t know what the reason for that was. He also said in a board meeting that was taped, that he had even approached Laurie Daley to take the reins from 2020 onwards :face_palm_tone3:‍♂️
     
  19. Burns

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    Tonga are approaching offical basket case territory.

    Will get flogged by GB and Australia.

    Cue articles ‘International League is dead etc’
     
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    Typical RL, a glimmer of hope snuffed out by total ineptitude and selfishness. No wonder our game is going nowhere.
     
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