Tonga declares public holiday Mate Ma’a Tonga world cup campaign

The Kingdom of Tonga will honour the Mate Ma’a Tonga with a public holiday on Wednesday.

All team players will return to Tonga today except for six who require medical attention.

As Kaniva News reported the players will be invested with an award of the Royal Orders to recognise their contribution to sports.

The investiture ceremony will be held on Wednesday (November 29) at the Royal Palace at 4.30 pm (local time).

The awards will reflect the tremendous effort Tonga made to take on top tier teams like England and New Zealand and to come within a whisker of gaining a place in the finals.

But the last minute try that Tongan fans believe should have brought them victory was disallowed.

Tongan fans have marched through central Auckland to protest and most commentators believe the referee should have checked the video recording to work out exactly what happened in the dying moments of the game when Andrew Fifita went over the line.

List of Mate Ma’a Tonga players & staff travelling to Tonga:

1. David Fusitu’a

2. William Hopoate

3. Joe Ofahengaue

4. Mahe Fonua

5. Siliva Havili

6. Tuimoala Lolohea

7. Ukuma Ta’ai

8. Daniel Tupou

9. Jason Taumalolo

10. Konileti Hurrell

11. Ata Hingano

12. Manu Ma’u

13. Manu Vatuvei

14. Peni Terepo

15. Sam Moa

16. Sika Manu – Captain

17. Siua Taukeiaho

18. Ben Murdoch Masila

19. Kristian Woolf – Head Coach