25 Oct 2019

Tonga Invitational XIII vs Great Britain: Tongan community divided

From , 5:00 am on 25 October 2019

The Tongan community appears divided ahead of this weekend's clash between the Tonga Invitational XIII and Great Britain in Hamilton. 

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.    

Talei Anderson reports.

Tonga flags in Auckland, Onehunga.

Tonga flags in Auckland, Onehunga. Photo: RNZ / Talei Anderson