Tonga declare public holiday after beating Australia

Drew Darbyshire

Tonga will celebrate their historic win over Australia on Friday by having a public holiday.

Members of Kristian Woolf’s Tonga side have been invited to the island for an official reception.

Tonga, who have defeated Great Britain and Australia in the last two weeks, will have a public holiday on Friday, November 15.

Tonga Prime Minister Tuʻiʻonetoa said: “Such is the spirit of immense joy, felicitations, and thankfulness conveyed on behalf of His Majesty The King Tupou VI, the government and the people of the kingdom of Tonga, to the captain, the manager, the officials and the head coach of the Winning Warriors Tonga Team respectively – for the outstanding, awe inspiring, and unique triumph of the Tonga Rugby League Invitational XIII over the reigning Australian and British rugby league teams.”

Woolf is unable to make the trip to the island as he left for St Helens on Tuesday.

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