I don't understand the players stand at all. If they love Tonga and are proud of Tonga they will play for Tonga even if their favourite coach gets fired unjustly.
Can you imagine any all blacks refusing to play anymore because Hansen got shafted?
Ross Taylor and Kane would play on if Gary Stead got unfairly dismissed. They might complain. But I couldn't see them refusing to represent their country any more.
They either have pride in Tonga or they don't. Seems like they were only slimly attached to Tonga relative to how an All Black or a Black Cap would be attached to representing NZ. I also don't think from a league perspective with the Kiwis that the real leaders of the team such as Shaun Johnson
, JWH, Bromwich would refuse to play anymore if Maguire got shafted. Or even if the NZRL was skimming sponsor money. They would still play.
As I pointed out two years ago on this forum, JWH has values. Shaun Johnson
has values. And so do most of our elite Kiwi players. Those players love their country and want to serve it by playing for their nation. They recongnise what an honour it is to represent New Zealand and they play their hearts out for us.
Even fucking little Kodi Nikorima
gets pumped to play for New Zealand. He wouldn't create a stand off with the NZ Rugby league board. Neither would JWH.
I don't like the cut of the jib of these tongan guys. They are not welcome back to the New Zealand team for two reasons. They chose Tonga over us two years ago which was noted. Now they are showing a lack of loyalty to Tonga which shows a lack of values. That is strike two.