Well they couldn’t buy out Fifita, remember he was picked for the Kangaroos in the World Cup and chose Tonga.The only thing that would do it is fan support. There was some pretty good Australian talent in that team, that just happened to have some Tongan forebears. If it could get to the stage where young guys could choose early to represent Tonga, and stay there, I would be all for it. However the ARL will just buy them out, like they do with Mozzies, and it will be a very weakened version of the Kiwis. Very sad, so sorry, never mind
Pangai Jnr chose Tonga over possible NSW selection.
Not to mention the bunch that dropped the Kiwis for Tonga.
Half if not more are the very elite in their positions in the NRL, and majority of the rest not far off it.
Theres no doubt in my mind these guys are laying the foundations for the future.
How many talented youngsters of Tongan heritage are seeing the amazing scenes and passion and not getting inspired to wear the red jersey and be a part of it one day?
I reckon a shit load more than aspire to wear the blue, Moron, green and gold or black and white for that matter.
I do get your sentiment re: the Kiwis.
I’m a staunch Maori and Kiwi supporter since I was old enough to watch them in the mid 80’s but times have changed man. What does it matter that the majority were born and/or grew up in NZ or Australia?
I mean how many of the Lebanese team grew up in Lebanon?? Even Great Britain has aussies in their side.
All it does is put everyone on equal footing and surely that is better for the game and fans all round.
Rugby League in our part if the world has never seen anything like what the Tongan fans are bringing to our game and it’s electric and something to be proud of as a league supporter.
I hope Samoa, Fiji and the rest can follow suit, then our International/Heritage game would be the envy of most other codes in AUS/NZ.
Never know, eventually, maybe the ARL won’t want to cut off their nose to spite their face.