Rugby league semi final

Why Tongan passion is the best thing about the Rugby League World Cup

The Pacific nation has won every game, including a stunning 28-22 upset of the Kiwis, and on Sunday will play in its first ever semi-final against the team everyone loves to hate (besides the Aussies) - England.

Tongan fans have dominated stadiums. Homes and cars have been decked out with flags. If you can hear cars honking, chances are Tonga’s just won.

“I’ve got flags on my car. My whole family does. Mine’s got one on the bonnet and a couple of small ones on the back windows,” says superfan Mahe Likio.

Plea for family zone in Auckland for Tonga league test fans

They have asked the Auckland Council and RLWC 2017 to help set up the family zone.

The Tonga Advisory Council said a hastily organised family zone last week helped to prevent the disorder and congestion problems experienced after the game against New Zealand two weeks ago.

The Council's Melino Maka said events need to be provided to cater for fans in a controlled environment that is safe.

He said the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board earlier declined the proposal for a zone there.