Wests Tigers feature in Tonga squad...

Wests Tigers feature in Tonga squad

Brock Corfe (Twitter: @Brock_Corfe)

Fri 11th September, 11:50AM
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Five Wests Tigers players have today been named in the Tongan train-on squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying match against the Cook Islands.

Sitaleki Akauola, Asipeli Fine, Salesi Funaki, Delouise Hoeter and Joel Luani have been named in the initial squad for the match at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday, October 17.

The winner of the match will compete in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup alongside fellow pacific nations Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa.

There are currently 58 players named in the train-on squad, which was announced this morning through Tonga’s social media channels.

Click here to see the full squad announcement.

http://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2015/09/11/wests_tigers_feature.html

None will be here next year except hoeter and maybe fine…moving on.

lol i love the phrase “promoting rugby league outside of australia” that’s used so much. yet, every other international team is basically 2nd or 3rd grade NRL players. why would a kid in samoa, tonga, cook islands etc want to play rugby league when they know they’re gonna get overlooked for NRL players anyway.

@tig_prmz:

lol i love the phrase “promoting rugby league outside of australia” that’s used so much. yet, every other international team is basically 2nd or 3rd grade NRL players. why would a kid in samoa, tonga, cook islands etc want to play rugby league when they know they’re gonna get overlooked for NRL players anyway.

Agreed. But do they have a strong RL comp in places like Tonga and Samoa? Are there any local players to choose from? I know they have a strong RU background.

The concept of Tongan and Samoan national RL teams is a very artificial construct. Most of the players that represent Pacific Island nations were born in NZ or Australia or, if not, grew up in NZ or Australia, which is where they learnt to play RL.

So, I agree, I don’t know how much this will promote RL in those countries.

The only Pacific nation to field a national team of home grown players is PNG, which is where the NRL should concentrate its promotional work.

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