Tongan test in doubt as players threaten boycott

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Great Britain Lions’ test against Tonga in under threat after it was revealed the players could boycott it.

The news comes after reports that Head Coach Kristian Woolf has been told to step down from his role by the interim board.

John Hopoate, father of Tongan captain Will, posted on social media that the players could boycott not just the tests against the Lions and Australia, but the World Cup Nines as well.

“If this interim board think that they can come in and do this after all the hard work we have done to get the players to play for Tonga and to stay loyal to us they have got another thing coming,” Hopoate posted.

“Just finished speaking with the players and they are getting letters done up now. But if this board is still the board during the 9s and the two Tests at the end of the year, and as a spokesman for the players, we will NOT be taking any part in any of the games.”

It is the latest concerning story for international rugby league, after Lebanon threatened some of their players with jail after they threatened to boycott a test against Fiji earlier in the year.

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