Mixed reactions to pop star Dinah Jane singing Tongan national anthem at RLWC semi-final

Jane, 20, is of Tongan, Samoan, Fijian and Danish descent and is a member of the famous X-Factor girl group Fifth Harmony,

TVNZ reports the singing star made the announcement yesterday through her Twitter and Instagram.

"I'm so excited to announce that I'll be in attendance at the Rugby Semi-Finals in New Zealand this weekend. I'm deeply honoured that I️ was asked to sing the Tongan National Anthem for this historic event," Jane posted on social media.

Jane has copped some negative criticism online from fans, saying she is taking the limelight away from the game.

Will Hopoate declares pride, passion have driven Tonga to brink of World Cup final

Hopoate, who scored a try and made a line break, was one of Tonga's best in a scratchy 24-22 quarterfinal win in Christchurch on Saturday against a brave Lebanon team led by his NRL rivals Robbie Farah and Mitchell Moses.

The Tongans - who had newly-re-elected Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva travel to the game on their team bus - were mobbed by their fans, who dominated the 8309-strong crowd, after the final whistle with colourful leis draped around players' necks.

Fiji upset listless Kiwis

Just a week after falling 28-22 to Tonga, the Kiwis have been beaten by a second tier-two side in a low-scoring match they had never looked like winning.

Two Apisai Koroisau penalties to a sole Shaun Johnson effort on Saturday were enough to give the Bati a well-deserved win over a Kiwi team which never managed to get out of first gear.

An error-ridden performance from the Kiwis was comprehensively punished by a Fijian outfit, who showed more pace, poise and precision than the lacklustre New Zealanders.

Airport turns Tongan fans away: 'It's almost like it's a racial thing'

The winner of today's Tonga vs Lebanon game in Christchurch will make the Rugby League World Cup semi-finals in Auckland next weekend.

The airport has issued an advisory saying if Tonga wins, they will transfer straight onto a bus and leave the airport without going through the domestic terminal on their return to Auckland.

Airport spokeswoman Lisa Mulitalo said the airport understood the pride the Tongan community had in their team and was proud to support the welcome event on the team's arrival into the country on October 30, when 3500 supporters turned up.

Tonga ready for Rugby League World Cup quarter-final

Mate Ma'a Tonga became the first second tier nation to defeat a tier one side, with a 28-22 win sealing top spot in the group.

Last week's shock 28-22 victory over the Kiwis saw Tonga finish ahead of New Zealand, setting up a clash with Lebanon for a spot in the tournament semi-finals.

Speaking to media versatile back, David Fusitu'a spoke about the intensity of the match.

"It was crazy, I know the boys really enjoyed it," he said.

"The effort the boys put in there... they did it for each other, it really showed out there."

Tonga target Kiwis scalp

The Kingdom repelled Polynesian rivals Toa Samoa 32-18 at the weekend to confirm their place in the knockout rounds and avoid a potential quarter final clash with Australia.

A win over the Kiwis at Waikato Stadium, in a match to determine top spot in Group B, would also avoid a last-eight matchup against England.

Tuimoala Lolohea said they were reminded by the coaching staff after the match that a tier two nation has never beaten one of the big three.

Tonga's halves hailed for leadership

As two of the least experienced players in the star-studded Tongan team, Ata Hingano and Tuimoala Lolohea were identified as a potential weakness prior to the World Cup, but silenced any doubters with a convincing showing at Waikato Stadium in week two.

"I thought our halves did a terrific job, everyone has spoken about our halves and that's where our inexperience is, but they won that game tonight," coach Kristian Woolf said.

"They certainly outplayed the opposition's halves and their kicking was exceptional, they built pressure in everything they did."

Toa Samoa embracing underdog tag against Tonga

Samoa were outclassed 38-8 by New Zealand in their opening match last weekend, while Mate Ma'a Tonga thrashed Scotland 50-4.

The Kingdom are being talked about as a tournament dark horse after Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita switched allegiance to represent their heritage.

Toa Samoa prop Herman Ese'ese said they are happy to stay under the radar.

Six arrests in Otara brawl involving 200 people ahead of rugby league showdown

The brawl came after days of heightened tension between Samoan and Tongan rugby league fans, ahead of their second round World Cup clash in Hamilton on Saturday.

Police say a crowd of up to 200 Samoan and Tongan fans gathered in a carpark near the Manukau Institute of Technology in Otara last night.

"It was major disorder", said Superintendent Sandra Manderson, the police national commander for major sporting events.

"Some people in the crowd were carrying poles and sticks... I believe there was also a machete taken off someone."

Pacific league teams tweak line-ups for Round 2

Solomone Kata comes in for Konrad Hurrell in the centres, alongside three-try hero Michael Jennings, while David Fusitu'a replaces former Warriors teammate Manu Vatuvei on the wing.

Samoa have been forced into a change for the Pool B showdown in Hamilton, with Ricky Leutele named on the wing in place of Peter Mata'utia, who's returned to Australia with a quad injury.

The other change is up front with Herman Ese'ese promoted to start in the front row and Sam Lisone dropping to the bench.

Tonga squad: