Tonga Invitational XIII

Tonga Invitational XIII vs Great Britain: Tongan community divided

The team is playing under the banner of "Invitational XIII" after a court ruled the Tonga National Rugby League was the only authority able to operate the official national side, Mate Ma'a Tonga, following a long-running dispute between coach Kristian Woolf and the TNRL.

The dispute has cast uncertainty over whether supporters, dubbed 'the world's best fans', will be out in numbers this weekend.

Two years ago, you couldn't escape the sea of red. Tongan flags were sold-out in shops and fans were flooding the streets of Auckland.