Konrad Hurrell wants to give back to Tonga after devastating tsunami

Drew Darbyshire
Konrad Hurrell St Helens

Konrad Hurrell is feeling grateful that his family are safe following the tsunami in Tonga and now wants to give back to his native homeland.

Hurrell, who joined Super League champions St Helens from Leeds in the off-season, had lost communication from the island due to the effect of the underwater volcanic eruption. Thankfully, last week he was able to make contact his family again.

He said: “It’s been a tough couple of weeks. But I finally got through to my sister first then my dad.

“I always hate saying it that I’m happy that my family are safe and warm and with food and water because there’s a lot of families there in our little island struggling with it.

“I hope a lot of people there are okay; and they’re all working to helping each other to get through this time.

“I can’t imagine being in that time when the tsunami happened. I heard from my family and they’re okay and I hope a lot of families are okay as well.”

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Konrad Hurrell of Tonga at the 2017 World Cup

Over the weekend, the Rugby Football League confirmed that England would take on the Combined Nations All Stars again in June.

And the RFL will dedicate the 2022 All Stars jersey to the people of Tonga, with Hurrell keen to do his bit.

He added: “I would love to (play in it), especially for something like that to give back to my little country.

“Obviously a test against England is always something that you want to play in. England are a top team and at the same time it’s a big help for family back home in Tonga and to our little island.

“I’ve heard all the funds and the jersey stuff will give back to Tonga. It’s one thing I want to be a part of. Even if I don’t get picked for the team, I want to be amongst it and help in any way.”

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