01 August 2020 The Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation (APRL) has recommended the Tonga Ma’a Tonga Rugby League Board (TMTRL) to the International Rugby League (IRL).

Rugby League Planet reported that the APRL received an application from two Rugby League Board in applying to become a full membership at the IRL.

The APRL head of operations Gareth Holmes said that “our role is to promote the game to make sure these member nations are growing and to assist where we can in terms of equipping them with the knowledge, expertise and resources to increase player participation and recruit referees, match officials and coaches and help put structure in place.”

Holmes stated that Tonga have got the world-class players in their team but the administration is not yet equipped with the level of expertise.

The success of the Tonga’s rugby league team was deeply hurt and affected by the administration when they tried to sack the national coach Kristian Woolf which let the players revolt against their decision.

The IRL suspended the membership of Tonga National Rugby League (TNRL) board since October 2019. In February 2020, the IRL wrote to TNRL and informed them with the resolution passed at their board meeting to expel Tonga’s membership.

However, TNRL lodged their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and its an ongoing matter for the IRL not to announce the successful candidate until the court case is finalised.

Rugby League Planet reported that despite of deadline that CAS has set for the IRL to pass judgement on TNRL’s appeal, there is no legal impediment that would prevent the IRL from admitting a new member for Tonga.

Holmes stated that the APRL next step is to work closely with the new management group in Tonga (TMTRL) to identify their strengths and weaknesses in order to have a proper strategic plan that ensures their sustainable and successful over a long period of time.

Fokotu’u atu ‘e he APRL ‘a e Poate Tonga Ma’a Tonga (TMTRL) ki he IRL koe sino pule ia ki he ‘akapulu liiki ‘i Tonga ni pea ke hoko ‘o memipa ‘i he Poate Liiki ‘a mamani. Pea ‘oku ‘a e IRL leva kene tali pe ‘ikai ke tali ‘a e fokotu’u kuo fakahoko atu ‘e he APRL. Koe hili ‘eni hano vakai’i ‘e he APRL ‘a e ongo tohi kole mei he ongo Poate Liiki ‘a Tonga ‘o fakatatau moe fakaha ‘e he APRL. Kae lolotonga ‘eni ‘oku kei ‘i he CAS ‘a e tangi koia mei he TNRL pea ‘oku te’eki ke fakakakato ‘a e tangi koia. Ka ‘i he lipooti mei he Rugby League Planet na’a nau pehe ai, ‘oku ‘ikai ke ‘iai ha lao ia kene ta’ofi ‘a e IRL mei ha’anau fakahingoa mai ‘a e Poate liiki koia mei Tonga ni kene memipa ‘i he Liiki fakavaha’apule’anga. Ka ‘oku ‘iai e tui ‘e tatali pe IRL ki ha ola e tangi kuo fakahoko ‘ehe TNRL pea nau toki fakaha mai e Poate liiki mei Tonga ni tenau pule’i e akapulu liiki fakavaha’apule’anga. ‘Oku ua foki he taimi ni e ongo sino ki he ‘akapulu liiki ‘i Tonga ni ‘aia koe Poate Tonga National Rugby League (TNRL) pea moe Poate Tonga Ma’a Tonga Rugby League (TMTRL).

©VPON News 2020