Internationals 2019 Oceania Cup

Messages
1,592
Reaction score
3,977
Joined
Apr 3, 2016
Trugoy

Trugoy

1st Grade Fringe
Joined
Apr 3, 2016
Messages
1,592
Reaction score
3,977
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
Well they couldn’t buy out Fifita, remember he was picked for the Kangaroos in the World Cup and chose Tonga.
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, maroon, 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.
 
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
bruce

bruce

Warriors 1st Grader
Contributor
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
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.
Absolutely. It was an amazing experience, for everybody except the Australians. They will be hungry for that to happen again.
 
Messages
557
Reaction score
707
Joined
May 18, 2012
Mr. Muller

Mr. Muller

1st Grade Fringe
Joined
May 18, 2012
Messages
557
Reaction score
707
Was beating NZ and GB a fluke also?
Kiwis usually reply with ‘it wasn’t our best team’ despite being 16-2 at half time, the brits on other forums have taken it on the chin and like Bruce said, we only beat the Roos coz they weren’t up for it lol
 
Last edited:
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
bruce

bruce

Warriors 1st Grader
Contributor
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
Was beating NZ and GB a fluke also?
I watched a game at MSS this year bro. The Kiwis did them hands down. Remember the Tongans have been a handful for years now. They are all well trained professionals who when really motivated are a test. Those hits on Saturday were fierce and they never let up. The Australians were waiting for them to ease off (Warriors style) but they never did. Great match, great spectacle but the second coming of heyzeuss it isn't. As for becoming the Tongan Warriors, heyzeuss spare me Richard.
 
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
bruce

bruce

Warriors 1st Grader
Contributor
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
bruce

bruce

Warriors 1st Grader
Contributor
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
Kiwis usually reply with ‘it wasn’t our best team’ despite being 16-2 at half time, the brits on other forums have taken it on the chin and like Bruce said, we only beat the Roos coz they weren’t up for it.
The English game was strange. Too much respect if you ask me. The Poms showed little threat on attack, except their usual speed, so the Kiwis knew if they held them in defence they won. It was a very disciplined display from the Kiwis IMO. Remember also they had replaced SJ with Foran who went off injured right at the start.
 
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
bruce

bruce

Warriors 1st Grader
Contributor
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
I am still waiting for somebody to tell me what eka tee means? I give up, I realised on Saturday it is MMT in a Tongan accent. Just shows how many Tongans come on this forum. :rolleyes:
 
Messages
8,778
Reaction score
16,139
Joined
Mar 30, 2012
tajhay

tajhay

Hands up if you are a shit coach
Joined
Mar 30, 2012
Messages
8,778
Reaction score
16,139
I am still waiting for somebody to tell me what eka tee means? I give up, I realised on Saturday it is MMT in a Tongan accent. Just shows how many Tongans come on this forum. :rolleyes:
You should have waited. We were busy trying to organise a "real Tongan" according to your eligibility criteria with no association to NZ to answer that for you to ensure you didn't keep getting butt hurt or accuse a NZ Tongan that they weren't qualified to answer your queries.

Besides most Tongans probably already have you on ignore ;)
 
Messages
494
Reaction score
1,175
Joined
Mar 16, 2013

kos

1st Grade Fringe
Joined
Mar 16, 2013
Messages
494
Reaction score
1,175
I can think of $600000 reasons why Tonga are playing well will see maybe the rl community seeing a huge opportunity. I m assuming 20000 tongan supporters paid 30$ each to get along to Eden Park.
I don’t see Tonga beating the Kangaroos as a problem it’s more of an opportunity to grow the game.
I thought Meninga was pretty gracious in his after game tv comments.
 
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
bruce

bruce

Warriors 1st Grader
Contributor
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
bruce

bruce

Warriors 1st Grader
Contributor
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
I thought Meninga was pretty gracious in his after game tv comments.
He is a gracious guy and a Pacific Islander as well (by some standards ;) )
I don’t see Tonga beating the Kangaroos as a problem it’s more of an opportunity to grow the game.
Absolutely it is.

Hang on though, how many years ago did they start those Tongan /Samoa games at Penrith Park? Phil Gould was staggered (smart guy that:rolleyes:). Those dudes really think outside the square. So much so they have done nothing to push the game outside Sydney.

They could take over union in the islands if they really tried, but don't hold your breath. They were all for the Tongans weakening the Koiwois, great idea that.

Now the Tongans have sorted the Roos as well, nah, sorry mate, they are the enemy now. You wait and see.
 
Messages
999
Reaction score
2,930
Joined
Mar 12, 2016
Uncmase

Uncmase

1st Grade Fringe
Joined
Mar 12, 2016
Messages
999
Reaction score
2,930
Don't talk nonsense. WTF have I said on here that is racist? By the way, I found out what ekatee means.
I like most your posts , Bruce. Very entertaining most times. Even when most find them to be shit.
But anything regarding Tonga gets the spirit of Trump in you, Out in the open. You're so ancient you just don't realise you sound like a complete used maxi pad.
 
Messages
557
Reaction score
707
Joined
May 18, 2012
Mr. Muller

Mr. Muller

1st Grade Fringe
Joined
May 18, 2012
Messages
557
Reaction score
707
I am still waiting for somebody to tell me what eka tee means? I give up, I realised on Saturday it is MMT in a Tongan accent. Just shows how many Tongans come on this forum. :rolleyes:
It makes no sense or anything close to making sense of what that might mean, and I’m saying it to myself in a ‘tongan accent’ lol
 
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
bruce

bruce

Warriors 1st Grader
Contributor
Joined
Sep 1, 2015
Messages
13,933
Reaction score
20,007
It makes no sense or anything close to making sense of what that might mean, and I’m saying it to myself in a ‘tongan accent’ lol
You obviously don't go to the games :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
 
Messages
1,592
Reaction score
3,977
Joined
Apr 3, 2016
Trugoy

Trugoy

1st Grade Fringe
Joined
Apr 3, 2016
Messages
1,592
Reaction score
3,977
Top Bottom