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Internal Affairs reaffirms public they are not engaging the Tonga National Rugby League board for the upcoming celebrations of the Tonga Invitational XIII team next week

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 07/11/2019

CEO of the Ministry of Internal Affairs denies information speculated on social media that they are co-operating with TNRL in arranging programs to welcome the Tonga Invitational XIII team

Dr. Fotu Fisi’iahi said, he was contacted by the Team Manager on the issue and said if it’s true they will not participate. However Dr. Fisi’iahi said, the story is false and government will not co-operate with TNRL in any issue regarding the welcoming ceremonies for the team.

However at the moment Fisi’iahi said, 16 players has been confirmed to be here in Tonga by Friday to join the celebration together with 2 officials.

They include Konrad Hurrell, John Asiata, Addin Fonua Blake, siliva Havili, Mafoa’aeata Hingano, William Hopoate, Sione Katoa, Manu Ma’u, Benjamin Murdoch Masila, Joe ‘Ofahengaue, Gordon Staggs, Siosiua Taukei’aho, Jason Taumalolo, Daniel Tupou, TEvita Tatola and Tevita Pangai Jr. The 2 officials are Scott Clarke and John Hopoate.

While in Nuku’alofa the boy’s expenses will be taken care of by the government.

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