18th May, 2020 The Government is deeply concerned with the lack of consultation by the IRL leading up to the expulsion of the TNRL and subsequently with the recommendation to establish an Implementation Committee (IC). The Government holds strong reservations regarding the IC including the appropriateness of the proposed governance structure, the composition of its membership and the institutional arrangement.

Whilst, the IRL has corresponded with the Government, we feel that this is has not been a constructive, effective nor professional manner in which to have engaged a Member Country regarding a matter of national and international significance. The Government is not confident that the IRL will be neutral and unbiased in the establishment of the IC.

Furthermore, the Tonga Courts have adjudicated and determined the legal national representative of the Rugby League code in the Kingdom and for international representation. Therefore, any attempt to disregard and defy the decision of Tonga’s sovereign legal system is not appreciated.

Furthermore, Government recognizes the proceedings initiated before the Court of Sports Arbitration by the TNRL and will abide by any decision of the Court. The Government does not intend to engage any further with the International Rugby League, pending the decision of the Court.

ENDS

Issued by the: The Prime Minister’s Office

HOHA’A PULE’ANGA KI HE SI’ISI’I E FETU’UTAKI MOE IRL FEKAU’AKI MO HONO TUKU KITU’A TNRL PEHE KI HONO FOKOTU’U KOIA E KOMITI IC

Kuo tukumai ‘ehe Pule’anga Tonga ‘a ‘enau ongoongo tukuatu fekau’aki mo ‘enau hoha’a ki he ‘ikai fakahoko lelei e ngaahi fetu’utaki moe IRL fekau’aki mo ‘enau tuku kitu’a ‘a e Poate TNRL pehe ki he ‘enau fokotu’u koia e Komiti IC. ‘Oku fehu’ia foki he Pule’anga ‘a e tu’unga maau koia hono fili kau memipa e Komiti IC pehe ki hono fokotu’utu’u honau fatongia. ‘Oku tukuaki’i foki he Pule’anga na’e ‘ikai ke fakatupulekina pea ta’efakapolofesinale ‘enau fetu’utaki moe IRL. ‘Oku ‘ikai ai ke falala e Pule’anga na’e malava ke tau’ataina e IRL mo ‘ikai ke filifili manako ‘i hono fili koia e IC.

‘E toki aofangatuku foki ‘e he Fakamaau’anga ia mo faitu’utu’uni koe fe sino fakalao tene fakafofonga’i e ‘akapulu liiki ‘i Tonga ni pea mo tu’apule’anga. Koia ai ka ‘iai leva ha toe feinga ke tukunoa’i e tu’utu’uni tau’ataina ‘a e Fakamaau’anga ‘o ha fonua tau’ataina ‘oku ‘ikai ke totonu ia. ‘Ikai ngata ai ka ‘oku lolotonga faka’ilo ‘ehe TMRL e IRL ki he CAS pea koe ha ola koia ‘e tali he Pule’anga. Koia ai ‘oku ‘ikai ke loto e Pule’anga ke ne kau ‘ihe talanoa ki he liiki kae ‘oua leva kuo tu’utu’uni e fakamaau’anga.