JASON Taumalolo is leading Tonga on a giant-killing run towards a World Cup final but with more success comes the realisation he may have made a $10 million mistake.
Tonga is into the semis after defeating a resilient Lebanon 24-22 on Saturday, a victory that came a week after creating history by becoming the first ever tier two side to defeat a tier one nation when it upset New Zealand 28-22 in Hamilton.
All eyes were on Taumalolo in that clash after he snubbed New Zealand — who he’d played 10 Tests for — and pledged his allegiance to Tonga in a move that rocked the rugby league community. It’s paid dividends for the North Queensland big bopper and the Pacific Islanders — they’re through to the final four while Fiji knocked the Kiwis out in their quarter-final on Saturday.
“Give Taumalolo the Golden Boot (for the best player in the world) now,” NRL great Matthew Johns said on the...
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