Taumalolo offloaded from flight'

Tongan rugby league star Jason Taumalolo misses the team flight with the plane overloaded for takeoff.

Tongan rugby league star Jason Taumalolo's size helps him on the pitch, but it's seen him asked to leave a flight after the plane was overloaded. 

Tongan coach Kristian Woolf told TVNZ the 24-year-old missed the team's flight to Tonga on Thursday because there was too much weight on the plane. 

Both Taumalolo and 24-year-old hooker Siliva Havili were offloaded from the flight and were expected to link up with the rest of the team in Tonga later in the day, catching a later flight. 

"It's a funny one," Woolf said. "We all got through and got ticketed and everything else, then they decided there was too much weight on the plane as they had to offload a couple of guys."

The team were travelling to Tonga ahead of their Rugby League World Cup campaign. Their competition begins on October 29 against Scotland in Cairns.


Photo by: MARK NOLAN/GETTY IMAGES (Caption: Tonga's Jason Taumalolo had to miss the team flight to their homeland because it was too heavy)