Tonga National Rugby League Team
If you want to watch some free-flowing rugby league from one of the game's rising nations, check out Tonga rugby league tickets at StubHub. The Pacific island nation's team may rank outside the sport's elite, but they are rising all the time, and are regular performers at major tournaments like the World Cup.
Background to Tonga's national rugby league side
Rugby league came to Tonga relatively late, with the country launching its national team as recently as 1986. Within 10 years, Tonga had started to move up the gears, graduating from the Pacific Cup to the game's biggest stage: the Rugby League World Cup.
Since their first appearance in the World Cup in 1995, Tonga have returned on numerous occasions, experiencing mixed fortunes but always putting up a valiant fight. Along the way, they have been helped by participation in competitive Tests against fellow Pacific nations like Samoa, Papua New Guinea and the Cook Islands (as well as New Zealand Maori) which have honed their game.
Also known as Mate Ma'a Tonga, the team play their home fixtures at Magweni Stadium in the capital Nuku'Alofa. Not far from idyllic tropical beaches, the venue is the perfect destination for sports fans who want to mix up watching their favourite game with relaxation on Tonga's coast.
Memorable occasions in Tongan rugby league history
Whenever you purchase Tonga rugby league tickets, you'll be assured of a thrilling experience. The side have the same passion and commitment as Australia and New Zealand, with a similar degree of physical power and a fluid style.
They have also played in some incredible matches. For example, in their first World Cup appearance, they lost in the group stages to giants New Zealand by just one point. In 2006, they bested Fiji in the Pacific Cup final 22-4, while in the same year they smashed Samoa 18-10 to qualify for the 2008 World Cup.
In 2013, they returned to the World Cup again, winning two matches against Italy and Papua New Guinea (although missing out on qualification due to defeat by Scotland). Next time around, expect the team to push hard for a quarter final spot.
Similar events to Tonga rugby league tickets
If you love rugby league but don't love the idea of flying to Tonga, there are plenty of alternatives. A great option is to purchase Papua New Guinea rugby league tickets - giving you the chance to explore the rainforest and watch rugby in one trip. Then there are also Kangaroos tickets on sale all the time.