A re-match against New Zealand, maybe a British Lions tour: All options on the table for Mate Ma’a Tonga  after Saturday’s game

‘Oku ‘i ai e mahalo he taimi’ ni ‘e lava ke fokotu’u ha tau tapatolu ‘a ‘Aositelēlia, Nu’u Sila mo Tonga he līki’. ‘Oku toe ‘i ai ‘eni mo e talanoa na’a lava ha tua ki he Laione ‘a Pilitānia’ he ta’u kaha’u’ pea lahi mo e ngaahi fakakaukau ia kuo fofoa’i hake ke fakalahi e faingamalie ‘o e Mate Ma’a Tonga ki ha va’inga mo e ngaahi timi tia ‘uluaki’.

A re-match between Mate Ma’a Tonga and New Zealand next June could signal the regular face-offs between Island nations and tier one rugby league teams. One Australian sports journalist has declared that after Saturday night, Tonga deserve better than second-tier status. However, that could be about to change. There has been speculation about a tri-series…


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