09 May 2020 Tonga Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa denied the news from the Asia Pacific Rugby League website claimed that IRL CEO Nigel Wood has been in contact with him. Hence, the government of Tonga support the work of the IRL and IC to fulfil the process of TMTRL becoming a member of the IRL.

Asia Pacific Rugby League quoted; “IRL CEO Nigel Wood has also been in contact with Prime Minister, Hon Pohiva Tu’ionetoa, and IRL would like to thank him and his government for their support and encouragement of this process. The government has committed to working closely with IRL to see the restoration of Tonga to the international rugby league community…”

The Editor of VPON Media Ltd contacted the Honourable Prime Minister for his confirmation of the news and here is his response as I quote;

“There is a Law for the Kingdom of Tonga, and everyone should respect and abide with the Law regardless if you like it or not. Tonga Rugby League still currently have legal Board, so as a court case to be solved from both sides who claimed their rights to legally operate the Rugby League here in Tonga. Once the jurisdiction of Court finalises the outcome of the claim. The Government of Tonga will decide the way forward based on the outcome of the court case. No one else should allow to come and decide what is good for Tonga and its sports apart from the Law of Tonga. I have no idea about this claim and where the information comes from, but it is not true…” End quote.

FAKA’IKAI’I ‘E HE PALEMIA HA’ANE FETU’UTAKI MOE CEO ‘O E IRL NIGEL WOOD ‘O FAKAHA ‘OKU POUPOU’I HE PULE’ANGA ‘A E NGAUE E IRL MOE IC KE FAKAHOKO E TMTRL KOE SINO FAKALAO KENE MEMIPA HE IRL

Koe ‘uhi na’e tukuange mai ‘e he Asia Pacific Rugby League ha ongoongo ‘o pehe kuo fakamahino mai ‘e he CEO ‘o e IRL Nigel Wood kuo poupou ‘a e Palemia moe Pule’anga Tonga ki he ngaue ‘oku lolotonga fakahoko ‘e he IRL moe IC ke fakakakato ‘a e ngaahi fiema’u memipa ‘a e TMTRL ki he IRL. Oku fai eni i he makatuunga koe TMTRL pe ne fakaha enau tohi kole ke memipa ki he IRL.

Na’e fakahoko ai ha fakatalanoa ki he ‘Eiki Palemia ‘o Tonga Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa fekau’aki moe ongoongo ni pea ko ‘ene tali leva ‘eni;

” ‘Oku ‘iai ‘a e Lao ‘o e fonua ko Tonga, pea ‘oku totonu ke faka’ap’apa’i ‘e he tokotaha kotoa, pe ‘oku te loto kiai pe ‘ikai. ‘Oku ‘iai ‘a e Poate lolotonga ‘o e League, pea ‘oku ‘iai ‘a e court case ke solova, he ‘oku ‘iai ‘a e ngaahi claims mei he ongo tafa’aki ‘e ua ‘oku na lolotonga ke. ‘Osi  ‘a e tu’utu’uni ‘a e fakamaau’anga, pea tau ma’u a e ola totonu, pea tau sio ai ‘a e me’a totonu ke fai, kihe kaha’u. ‘Oku ikai ha’u noa pe ha taha ‘o tu’utu’uni ki Tonga mo ‘ene sipoti, kae tuku ‘a e lao ‘o e fonua.  ‘Oku ‘ikai te u ‘ilo pe na’e ma’u ‘a e fakakaukau mo e fakamatala koeni mei fe, ka ‘oku ‘ikai ke mo’oni ia.”

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