Tonga Rugby League have today named a 20-man squad for the representative Test against Samoa at Centrebet Stadium, Penrith on Saturday.
Head Coach Charles Tonga, along with his assistant Coach Kristian Woolf, has selected an experienced pool of talent from across the National Rugby League competition which will be captained by Brent Kite.
By Ben Ryder
With the second round of Oceania Cup games scheduled in October/November 2019, Rugby League Planet takes an in-depth look at each competing island nation and what the game of Rugby League is doing for them, as well as their strengths, weaknesses, and the nations chances at winning their respective pools.
This week it’s Mate Ma’a Tonga
Coach Kristian Woolf has today confirmed his Mate Ma’a Tonga squad for the upcoming Test against the New Zealand Kiwis in Auckland on Saturday June 22.
The Tonga Invitational XIII has pulled off one of the greatest upsets in International Rugby League history, defeating world champions Australia 16-12 in an enthralling Test match at Eden Park.
TONGAN RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW
Information on this page was updated - 14/3/2014
Foundation Year - 1988
International Team - Mate Ma'a Tonga
Highest finish in World Cup - Ranked 7th (2008)
Top level domestic competition - 12 teams compete in the national competition.
The first ever rugby league Test Match between the Australian Kangaroos and Mate Ma’a Tonga will be played in a sold-out Mt Smart Stadium this Saturday, October 20, Kick-Off 7.30pm NZ Time.
Tonga have named an all star line-up for their end of year internationals against the touring Great Britian Rugby League Lions and the Oceania Cup fixtures.
Clad in their red, waving their flags, and singing popular national songs, more than 500 members of Hamilton’s Tongan community welcomed their rugby league heroes to the city last night (Monday 21 October).