Choosing Tonga over the Kiwi

Sunday Sport 08/10/2017

Former Warrior Tui Lolohea joins is to discuss his decision to join a group who chose Tonga over the Kiwis and the Kangaroos at the 2017 World Cup.

Lolohea is one of 10 players in the 24-man Mate Ma'a squad who have previously played for the Kiwis, though his decision to play for Tonga was flagged a few weeks back, along with that of former Warriors teammate Solomone Kata.

The big name 'defectors' to Tonga are Jason Taumalolo, David Fusitua, Sio Siua Taukieaho and Andrew Fifita, with the latter withdrawing from the Kangaroos.

Former Kangaroos Michael Jennings, Daniel Tupou are also included in Kristian Woolf's squad, alongside the likes of Manu Vatuvei, Konnie Hurrell and Will Hopoate

Since Taumalolo declared he would represent Tonga at the World Cup, their odds of winning the tournament at the TAB went down from $81 to $16.

TONGA WORLD CUP SQUAD
Andrew Fifita, Mahe Fonua, David Fusitu’a, Siliva Havilli, Ata Hingano, Will Hopoate, Konrad Hurrell, Michael Jennings, Solomone Kata, Sione Katoa, Samisoni
Langi, Tuimoala Lolohea, Sika Manu, Manu Ma'u, Sam Moa, Ben Murdoch Masila, Joe Ofahengaue, Tevita Pangai jnr, Ukuma Ta'ai, Sio Siua Taukieaho, Jason Taumalolo, Peni Terepo, Daniel Tupou, Manu Vatuvei.