FORMER ALL BLACKS, WALLABY IN LINE TO PLAY FOR TONGA

Four New Zealand and Australian rugby internationals have put their hands up to represent Tonga at next month’s Final Olympic Sevens Repechage tournament.

The Tonga Rugby Union announced last month it would only select players based in Europe for the qualifying tournament in Monaco, because of travel difficulties caused by Covid-19.

Tonga men’s sevens coach Tevita Tu’ifua said an initial list of 43 names had been trimmed to 23, which includes two ex All Blacks and a former Wallaby.

“We have got a few (high profile) names pop up and we still need to rank our priorities list and then we work from there to finalise our selection,” he said.

“…there’s a lot of things behind the scenes that we all collaborate together on the management side of things and even coaching and playing.”

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