Ben Tāmeifuna changes his mind and pullout of Tonga tour

    Chiefs prop Ben Tāmeifuna has withdrawn his pledge to represent Tonga in the ʻĪkale-Tahi’s End of Year tour and says he won’t make a decision on which national team he will play for in 2015 World Cup  until April.

    Tāmeifuna, 23, declared last month he would play for the Tongan team when they will play against Georgia, Scotland and the United States this month.

    He  said the change of heart came about after he agreed to fight rugby league figure Willie Mason in December’s Fight for Life.

    “I pulled out of the tour so I was eligible to play for the All Blacks but who knows what will happen after April next year,” Tāmeifuna told TVNZ.

    This means if he isn’t in the All Blacks plan by April he will instead represent Tonga at next year’s Rugby World Cup.

    “I want to play the World Cup next year,” he said. “Whether it’s the black jersey or red jersey.”

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    1. Kuo toe liliu e tukupā ʻa Ben Tāmeifuna ke ne fakafofongaʻi ʻa Tonga ʻi he tua koi a ʻa e Īkale–Tahí ʻi he fakaʻosinga ʻo e taʻú mo ne pehē ʻe ʻikai fai haʻane tuʻutuʻuni aofangatuku he tuʻu atu ko ʻení pe ko e fē ʻa e timi fakafonua te ne fakafofongaʻi ʻi he Ipu ʻa e ʻAkapulú ki he 2015 kae ʻoua leva kuo aʻu ki ʻEpeleli.

      Ko Tāmeifuná ʻa ia ko hono taʻu 23 eni ne ne fakahā ʻi he māhina kuo ʻosí te ne vaʻinga maʻa Tonga ʻi heʻenau ʻamanaki fetaulaki mo e timi ʻa Georgia, Sikotilani mo ʻAmeliká he māhiná ni.

      Naʻá ne pehē ne tupu e toe liliu hono lotó tuʻunga he mahino te na fuhu mo e tokotaha vaʻinga ʻakapulu liiki ʻiloa ko ia mei ʻAositelēlia ko Willie Mason ʻi Tīsema ʻi he feinga paʻanga tokoni ʻofa ko ia ʻoku ʻiloa ko e Fight for Life.

      ʻOkú ne tuku ange ai pe ʻa Tonga he tua ko ʻení ka e lava ke kei ava maʻana ʻa e matapā ke vaʻinga maʻa e ʻOlopelekí. Ka naʻá ne toe pehē ki he ongoongo ʻa e TVNZ ko hai te ne ʻilo e meʻa ʻe hokó ʻi haʻane aʻu ki ʻEpeleli.

      Ko ʻene taumuʻá ke vaʻinga ʻi he Ipu ʻa Māmani ʻo e taʻu kahaʻú ʻo tatau pe pe ko e teunga kulokulá pe ko e teunga ʻuliʻulí.

      Ne ʻosi ui pe foki ʻa Tāmeifuna ki muʻa ki he sikuati ʻa e ʻOlopeleki ʻi he 2012 ka ne ʻikai hano faingamālie ke vaʻinga.

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