Taumalolo ready for another sea of red in New Zealand

A sea of red is anticipated at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium when rugby league star Jason Taumalolo and his Mate Ma’a Tonga side take on New Zealand, next month.

Taumalolo says it is always overwhelming to see such support and they are looking forward to seeing the same turn out as the last one.

“It’s obviously hard to put in words. I guess the feeling does not become overwhelming until you take the field. So to be there alongside a crowd wearing red all around and singing the national anthem that’s when it really hits,” he said in an interview with NRL.com

Taumalolo said whenever fans sing a hymn or cheer that gives the boys a lift.

The Kiwis will play Tonga at Mt Smart on June 22, a much anticipated clash in a growing rivalry fueled by events surrounding Tonga's 2017 World Cup win in Hamilton.

The Mate Ma'a beat New Zealand 28-22 before a capacity crowd in Hamilton to top their pool and lost 20-18 in controversial circumstances to England at a sold-out Mt Smart Stadium in the semi-final.


Josephine Navula