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The duo of New South Wales Origin Cotony Stegs and Daniel Tupou were named in the extended squad of Mata Mao Tonga before the NRL reputation round.

However, Sydney Morning Herald The couple have reportedly not yet decided whether they will represent the Blues or Tonga next weekend.

Meanwhile, Sean Johnson missed on the New Zealand side with Dylan Brown, and is expected to make his half-time debut with Jahrom Hughes.

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Under international law, players can play for New Wales and Tonga, the second tier country. However, Tonga’s test with New Zealand on June 25 will take place the night before Origin II in Perth.

Stegs, who played in the centers for the Blues in Origin I, was named fifth on the eighth because of Tonga, and Tupou, the Blues winger, was named on the wing.

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Tongan coach Christian Wolfe told the Herald that he was “happy they stepped into both camps” after talking to New Wales coach Brad Fitler, but he would need some response by Sunday.

“I talked to Freddie, and the last thing we want is for them to be expelled from one team and then not called to another,” Wolfe said. Herald.

“No one wants to see these two next weekend.

“You want to see how the best players play. I’m glad they stepped into both camps. The rules allow it.

“We will meet again on Friday, and obviously an answer will be needed anyway by Sunday.

“These two guys deserve a choice. I also believe that Origin should not interfere with their ability to play international football, and for a country like Tonga, with which they have such a strong relationship. “


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Stupid and Stegs will earn $ 15,000 if they choose to play for Blues for Origin II – and are re-elected – or receive $ 2,000 for playing in Tonga’s Test.

Wolfe hopes they will choose NSW, but understands if they don’t.

“We know we can’t compete financially, but the honor of representing Tonga – and the honor they have when they come together – is a big reason why these guys want to play for Tonga,” he said. he.

“We just want them to make a decision that suits them and their families. If it’s Tonga, then great if it’s NSW, we also understand the reasons.

“Toops has played with us since 2013 and has played in almost every test since then. No one will ever doubt his loyalty to us.

“His inclusion would also be a significant incentive for some of the young guys in our group who might find themselves in a similar position moving forward.”

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Wolfe is unable to take part in the test at Mt Smart Stadium in New Zealand as he is in the UK and coaches St Helens. Wayne Bennett and Dean Young will steer the ship.

Tonga has named an exciting 25-man team that includes Andrew Fifit veterans Jason Tawmalala and Sioshiu Tawkeyaha, as well as Tolu Cole of the Manly youths and Panthers SG Ball player Isaiah Katoa.

Meanwhile, the duo of Panthers Scott Sorensen and Moses Leota, as well as Marat Niukor are among New Zealand’s potential debutants.


1. Talatau Cola (Eagles) 2. Daniel Tupou (Roosters) 3. Siosifa Talakai (Sharks) 4. Moses Sully (Dragons) 5. Zion Katoa (Sharks) 6. Cotony Stagggs (Broncos) 7. Talatau Amon (Dragons) 8 Sioshiua Taukieah (Roosters) 9. Siliwa Hawili (Rabbitohs) 10. One Fonoua-Blake (Warriors) 11. City Tupuniua (Roosters) 12. Keaon Kalaamatangi (Rabbitohs) 13. Jason Tawauma (Jason Hawtumola) 15. Eagles) 16. Tevita Pangai Jr. (Bulldogs) 17. Tevita Tatola (Rabbits) 18. Moeaki Fotuaika (Titans) 19. Will Penisini (Eels) 20. Isaiah Andrei Katoa (Isaiah Andrew) Fifita (Sharks) 22. Joe Ofahengau (Vests) Tigers) 23. Starford Toa (West Tigers) 24. Christian Tuipulotu (Sea Eagles) 25. Eliza Katoa (Warriors)


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