10 Jul 2020

Another group puts hand up to govern rugby league in Tonga

10:20 am on 10 July 2020

Another contender has applied to become Tonga's recognised national rugby league governing body at regional and international level.

Asia Pacific Rugby League (APRL) received the latest expression of interest last week, joining Tonga Ma'a Tonga Rugby League (TMTRL), which worked with an IRL-appointed implementation committee on its application and has the backing of the Tonga players and coach.

The Tonga National Rugby League was expelled from the International Rugby League in March but has appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

APRL said the new application would be reviewed and considered alongside any others, initially by the Board of Asia Pacific Rugby League, before a recommendation was made to the International Rugby League Board and the wider membership.

The Tongal Invitational XIII celebrate their win.

The Tongal Invitational XIII celebrate their win. Photo: PHOTOSPORT