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More players turn back on Kiwis for Rugby League World Cup

More players turn back on Kiwis for Rugby League World Cup”

Tuamalolo has confirmed he will play for Tonga at the World cup saying he made the decision to help the development of Tongan rugby league.

Australia's Daily Telegraph is reporting that another 7 players are going to throw their weight behind Tonga.

Several New Zealand Test players are set to follow Jason Taumalolo's lead and walk away from the Kiwis to play for Tonga in the upcoming Rugby League World Cup, according to reports.

Taumalolo is said to have defected after Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor were stood down by coach David Kidwell over a cocaine bust in May.

Jason Taumalolo played for Tonga in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

Both nations will officially announce their 24-man squads for the tournament on Thursday.

According to the Telegraph the eight players decided to make the allegiences with Tonga following New Zealand Rugby League's handling of Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor for breaking team protocol earlier in the year.

Woolf is expected to also have Will Hopoate, Michael Jennings, Konrad Hurrell, Manu Vatuvei, Solomone Kata and Tui Lolohea at his disposal for the World Cup.

"I have and will always be proud to wear the Kiwis jersey. I just feel the World Cup provides developing nations like Tonga an opportunity to play on the big stage and I would like to help them with their campaign".

"I see, with the new global rule change, an opportunity to represent both Tonga and New Zealand throughout my career", Taumalolo said.

Kieran Foran is also unavailable throwing the Kiwi's World Cup campaign into disarray.

Between Taumalolo, Harris, Bromwich, Proctor and the reportedly dumped Issac Luke, the Kiwis' World Cup scrum has lost more than 100 Test caps worth of experience.



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