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Sport Taumalolo confirms commitment to Tonga

13:08  13 june  2018
13:08  13 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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North Queensland lock Jason Taumalolo has again snubbed New Zealand after confirming his allegiance to Tonga ahead of their Pacific Test in Sydney. Taumalolo . Read the Article, CLICK HERE.

North Queensland's Jason Taumalolo has confirmed his allegiance to Tonga ahead of the Pacific Test against Samoa, again turning his back on New Zealand.

a man standing in front of a crowd© Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited Blockbusting forward Jason Taumalolo has resworn his test allegiance with Tonga.

Taumalolo made an eleventh-hour defection from New Zealand to the Pacific island nation prior to last year's World Cup, where he lead them to a historic win over the Kiwis on their way to a semi-final berth.

On Wednesday, the North Queensland Cowboy told the team's website that he was fully committed long-term to Mate Ma'a, which he hopes to establish 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.

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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.

he begins his tenure as New Zealand coach. Soon after his appointment three weeks ago, Maguire said he would sound out the availability of the North Queensland Cowboys wrecking ball and the other Kiwi-turned- Tongan internationals. Maguire said his door would be open if they wanted to commit to New

"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.

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

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Tonga Kristian Woolf called Taumalolo's decision a coup for both Tongan rugby league and the international game on the whole, particularly across the island nations.

"Jason is not only a terrific player and terrific person, but he's also going to develop into a real leader within the Tongan group," said Woolf.

"We all saw the effect of him making the decision for the World Cup, it certainly gave a lot of confidence to other blokes and that they could do the same thing.

"There will be a flow-on effect with other teams as well and it's not just about us becoming stronger internationally, I'm sure you are going to see teams like Samoa, Fiji and PNG become really competitive and have more and more guys put their hands up to play for those nations."

Tonga will take on traditional rivals Samoa in the second game of a Pacific Test doubleheader on Saturday, June 23 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium in Sydney.

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