28 Oct 2008

Two Tongan NRL players cleared for play after November 12th

2:43 pm on 28 October 2008

Tonga has welcomed a court ruling allowing NRL stars Fuifui Moimoi and Taniela Tuiaki to play for them if they can make the Rugby League World Cup semi-finals.

In the New South Wales Supreme Court, Justice Richard White dismissed orders against the two players, freeing them to represent Tonga after November the 12th.

The pair, who've played for Tonga previously, were initially ruled ineligible for the World Cup because they turned out for New Zealand last year and players are only able to transfer international allegiance once every two years.

However, Justice White ruled that two-year time limit expires on November the12th dating back to the last time they played for Tonga.