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By Brad Walter – NRL.com Senior Reporter

Sydney, AUSTRALIA – October 11, 2019: 12pm (NRL.com): Tonga coach Kristian Woolf has praised his players for the character they have shown to stick together in a bid to ensure the island kingdom continues its rise in the international game.

Woolf will oversee a full-strength side for Tests against the touring Great Britain Lions at Hamilton on October 26 and Australia at Eden Park on November 2, while David Tangata-Toa is set to take charge of the World Cup Nines squad.

The announcement of a 21-man Tonga Invitational XIII squad to play the Lions and Kangaroos follows the suspension of the governing body in Tonga by the RLIF after a bitter dispute with the players who took the nation to the 2017 World Cup semi-finals.

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