Tolu Koula

Tonga selection not the only shock discovery for Koula

He also discovered he is related to Sea Eagles team-mate and good friend, Christian Tuipulotu.

“Christian’s Grandma and my Dad’s Grandma are sisters. We only just found out,’’ Koula said, who is also related to team-mate Haumole Olakau’atu.

“It was a little freakish to find that out as I have become close with Christian since he arrived at Manly.

“Once our family in New Zealand heard about our selections for Tonga, they informed my family here in Sydney that somehow Christian and I are related.