The Great Britain Rugby League Lions returned to International Rugby League for the first time in 12 years, but it was the Tongan Invitational XIII who won 14-6 in front of a passionate crowd in Hamilton.
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).
The Tonga National Rugby League has announced the following preliminary train-on squad ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Cook Islands on October 17 at 7.30pm at Campbelltown Stadium.
Tonga coach Kristian Woolf said: "Not only is there a lot riding on the game in terms of a spot in the 2017 World Cup, it is also a chance for us to get together as a team and keep building on the momentum created after the May Test against Samoa.
Tonga have named their test line-up for the 2015 Pacific Test double header taking place this Saturday 2nd of May on the Gold Coast.
Tonga were the initial title holders of the Pacific Test when they defeated Samoa 36 - 4 in Penrith back in 2013 when the Pacific Test concept was born.
The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) Board today notified the Tongan National Rugby League (TNRL) that it has been suspended from membership of the RLIF pending a full investigation into issues raised by various parties.
Head coach Kristian Woolf has named a 29-man preliminary squad for Mate Ma’a Tonga’s historic end-of-season Test match against the Australian Kangaroos.
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.