Tonga beat the Kangaroos last week... so the government made it a public holiday to celebrate

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Tonga beat the Kangaroos last week... so the government made it a public holiday to celebrate

Post by josie andrews » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:57 am

Tonga is set to celebrate the historic rugby league wins over Australia and Great Britain with a public holiday and reception for players next Friday.

Tongan government officials are set to announce a public holiday following the 16-12 win over the Kangaroos, by far the highest profile in the team’s history.

It came just a week after Tonga also caused a massive boilover by defeating Great Britain, the runners-up behind Australia from the 2017 World Cup.

Players will also travel to the country next week to be a part of the celebration, albeit without coach Kristian Woolf as he heads to the English Super League with St Helens.

Such is the spirit of immense joy, felicitations, and thankfulness conveyed,” Prime Minister Pohiva Tuionetoa was reported to have said in a statement.

“For the outstanding, awe inspiring, and unique triumph of the Tonga Rugby League Invitational XIII over the reigning Australian and British Rugby League Teams.”

It comes after the previous Prime Minister was forced to step in and urge the International Rugby League resolve a player dispute with the former board last month, ending a brief strike Tonga have already begun planning for a full-blown assault on the 2021 World Cup, with the majority of the team still young enough to be in their prime in two years’ time.

There’s no doubt we can (win it),” Woolf said after Saturday night’s win. “We’ve just beaten Great Britain and we’ve just beaten Australia. And we’ve got a lot of improvement from (Saturday night), too. That was a tough, gritty effort.”

Tonga’s next matches will be in the Oceania Cup next year, likely against New Zealand in a mid-year Test.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/tonga- ... a6a6537dab
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Re: Tonga beat the Kangaroos last week... so the government made it a public holiday to celebrate

Post by DaveO » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:31 pm

Not RL but quite a few years ago I was lucky enough to visit Fiji and we arrived on the same plane carrying the Fiji 7's RU team who had just won the Hong Kong 7's.

You'd have thought they has won the world cup! The airport was mobbed and the team took something like a week to make the trip from the airport which was at one end of the Island to the capital at the other, as they had to stop off at just about every village on the way for a celebratory drink of Cava (which probably finished all their careers there and then :lol: ).

National holiday declared for that victory as well.

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