Tonga Rugby League

World Cup delay a chance for new Tonga rugby league body

Earlier this year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed an appeal by the former governing body, Tonga National Rugby League, over its expulsion from the International Rugby League.

An Interim Management Group was installed in June to manage rugby league affairs in Tonga until March, which is Chaired by the Tonga Prime Minister, Dr Pōhiva Tuʻiʻonetoa, and includes representatives from the Tonga Government and Asia Pacific Rugby League.

Tonga rugby league star, Will Hopoate signs with UK’s St Helens

The St Helens Star Media reports that the Tongan rugby league star will be reuniting with former Tonga rugby league coach Kristian Woolf.

Woolf is now coaching St Helen’s.

 “I am very happy and excited to be making the move to St Helens and to play for such a proud and historic club. I have never been to the UK before and I am excited to be a part of it all,” Hopoate said.

“I have been coached by ‘Woolfie’ before for Tonga and that was a big reason why I made the decision.”

Asia Pacific Rugby League to take lead on Tonga

It comes after the Court of Arbitration for Sport last month dismissed an appeal by the former governing body, Tonga National Rugby League, over its expulsion from the International Rugby League (IRL).

Admitting a new Tongan member was not discussed at the IRL Board meeting two weeks ago but Secretary General Danny Kazandjian said the Asia Pacific Confederation "will now assume formal responsibility for speaking to all Tongan parties on both the issue of the new membership and the world cup campaign."

Interim rugby league body being considered in Tonga

It comes after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed an appeal by the former governing body, Tonga National Rugby League, over its expulsion from the International Rugby League.

The Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation last year endorsed the bid by a rival body, Tonga Ma'a Tonga Rugby League (TMTRL), for full IRL membership.

The TMTRL President, Lord Fakafanua, said discussions with the IRL and Tongan government have begun but acknowledged it was still a sensitive time for the sport.

New Tongan rugby league body just weeks away

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this week dismissed the Tonga National Rugby League's (TNRL) appeal against its expulsion from the International Rugby League in March last year, after a long-running battle over governance, money and a threatened player boycott.

IRL Secretary General Danny Kazandjian was pleased with the decision but saddened it had got to this point.

"It was completely unnecessary that it had to go to court" he said.

Tonga NRL's appeal dismissed by Court of Arbitration for Sport

The TNRL was expelled from the International Rugby League (IRL) in March last year, after a long-running battle over governance, money and a threatened player boycott.

A two-day hearing was held in December, with CAS confirming on Tuesday the resolution of the IRL's Board to expel the TNRL from its membership had been upheld.

The panel of three arbitrators from the USA, Australia and Canada, concluded the expulsion was justified] after the "TNRL's refusal to cooperate with or to participate in the IRL's investigation and consultation processes."

Albert Vete hopes to impress for Hull KR as he targets Tonga World Cup spot

The 28-year-old prop has joined the Robins on a two-year contract from reigning NRL champions Melbourne Storm.

Vete has played twice for Tonga since making his international debut in 2015 and is hoping strong performances for Hull KR will earn him selection in Kristian Woolf’s Tonga squad for the World Cup this autumn.

When asked if he would like to play for Tonga at the World Cup, Vete replied: “100%, not just because they are doing well right now but because it is such a privilege to represent your heritage and culture.

Taumalolo is Tonga’s crucial player in 2021 Rugby League World Cup

The 27 year-old has been rated as the player to watch out for from Tonga, by the ultimate rugby league news website ‘Love Rugby League’.

Taumalolo is a household name in rugby league.

The 27-year-old has represented Tonga 13 times and has played for the kingdom in two World Cups.

The North Queensland Cowboys star is a Dally M Medal winner and was named in the 2017 World Cup Team of the Tournament.

Tonga will be playing against Papua  New Guinea on 26 October at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

     

Future of Tonga National Rugby League still uncertain

The TNRL was expelled from the IRL in March last year, after a long-running battle over governance, money and a threatened player boycott.

The hearing between TNRL and the IRL was held on 8-to-9 December 2020.

CAS Communications Officer, Katy Hogg, told Matangi Tonga that it is unknown when a decision will be announced.

Two separate organizations have applied for full membership with IRL to become Tonga's recognized national rugby league governing body since TNRL's expulsion.

Arbitration for Tonga National Rugby League after explusion from international body nearly complete

The Tonga National Rugby League (TNRL) was expelled from the International Rugby League (IRL) in March, after a long-running battle over governance, money and a threatened player boycott.

The TNRL appealed against its expulsion before the Court of Arbitration for Sport this week.

Secretary William Edwards said he was comfortable with how the two-day hearing played out.