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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.

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.

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

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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.

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  Tonga overpower Samoa Halfback Sonatane Takulua pulled the strings in their Pacific Nations Cup win.Takulua contributed 13 points with the boot on Saturday, while his tactical kicking kept Samoa pinned in their own territory for much of the game and set up a second-half try to replacement winger Penikolo Latu.

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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 .

"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.”

Tonga delight sea of red in Campbelltown with win over Samoa .
The Tongan held off a brave Samoa fightback to win Saturday's 11-try Pacific Test at Campbelltown Stadium.The majority of the 17,802 fans on hand in Sydney's southwest were treated to an end-to-end rugby league spectacle which played out as a tale of two halves after Tonga threatened to post a huge win at half-time.

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