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Sport Jason Taumalolo confirms allegiance to Tonga, snubs New Zealand

04:10  14 june  2018
04:10  14 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

Taumalolo confirms commitment to Tonga

  Taumalolo confirms commitment to Tonga The blockbusting forward wants to establish Mate Ma'a as an international powerhouse. "The World Cup last year, I'd never been a part of something like that before, it was a really special experience," Taumalolo said."Myself, along with a number of other players, have recommitted to Tonga again because we are passionate about our heritage and we also want to help make international rugby league stronger."The best way for us to do that is by making Tonga a competitive team. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

Taumalolo snubbed New Zealand — who he has played 10 Tests for — and Fifita pulled out of the Australian squad to follow his heart. “The minute Jason Taumalolo pledged his allegiance to Tonga , this whole competition changed forever,” Geyer told the Triple M Grill Team on Monday.

Jason Taumalolo is Tonga ’s shining star.Source:Getty Images. All eyes were on Taumalolo in that clash after he snubbed New Zealand — who he’d played 10 Tests for — and pledged his allegiance to Tonga in a move that rocked the rugby league community.

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North Queensland wrecking ball Jason Taumalolo has confirmed he’ll once again choose Tonga over New Zealand after declaring he’ll play in the Pacific Test against Samoa later this month.

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New Kiwis coach Michael Maguire had been holding out hope Taumalolo would make himself available for New Zealand’s controversial Test against England in Denver.

But the 25-year-old, who sensationally chose to represent Tonga instead of the Kiwis at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, has once again opted to represent the tier-two nation.

Fifita, Taumalolo named in Tonga team

  Fifita, Taumalolo named in Tonga team Andrew Fifita and Jason Taumalolo have been named in Tonga's team for Saturday's Pacific Test against Samoa in Sydney. The pair were named in a 17-man team on Sunday for the clash at Campbelltown Stadium as part of a double header, with Fiji and Papua New Guinea to play in the other game.Fifita and Taumalolo last year defected from Australia and Zealand respectively to pull on the Tongan jersey at the Rugby League World Cup.The tiny nation upset the Kiwis in their pool match and went on to make the semi-finals before going down 20-18 to England.

Vaai " Jason " Taumalolo (born 31 May 1993) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer A New Zealand and Tongan international representative, Taumalolo primarily plays at In March 2012, Taumalolo was reported to have declared his allegiance to Queensland and Australia, though

Vaai " Jason " Taumalolo (born 31 May 1993) is a Tongan professional rugby league footballer who plays for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League.

"The World Cup last year, I'd never been a part of something like that before, it was a really special experience," Taumalolo told the Cowboys website on Wednesday.

"The following we had and the amount of support we had was overwhelming and it made our journey in the World Cup that much more special.

"To share it with a group of boys who obviously sacrificed a lot to be a part of that group, I find it really hard to describe how proud I am of them all.

"I wanted to experience that feeling again this June test and I can't wait to get out there wearing that Tongan jersey again."

The Tonga-Samoa and New Zealand-England Tests will both be played on Saturday, June 23 on the eve of Origin II between NSW and Queensland.

Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita is the other big-name defector after also turning down NSW and Australia to represent Tonga.

Both Taumalolo and Fifita are still eligible to represent the Kiwis and Kangaroos respectively because Tonga is a tier-two nation.

“Myself, along with a number of other players, have recommitted to Tonga again because we are passionate about our heritage and we also want to help make international rugby league stronger and the best way for us to do that is by making Tonga a competitive team internationally,” Taumalolo said.

“I hope the governing bodies of the game also follow suit by making sure Tonga and other tier two nations have the opportunity to play regular meaningful games against tier one nations.”

Maroon Ponga has no regrets over NZ snub .
Kalyn Ponga has no regrets over snubbing his father's homeland New Zealand and pledging his allegiance to Queensland after earning his State of Origin debut.But Kalyn Ponga has no regrets about snubbing his father's homeland and pledging his allegiance to Queensland.

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