'Money doesn't come into it' – playing for Tonga about honouring sacrifices of parents, league stars say

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Tonga's Rugby League World Cup stars have spoken about choosing to play for the nation of their heritage at the tournament later this year, insisting that pride in the jersey is more important than any financial gain.

Ata Hingano, Tui Lolohea and Sione Katoa spoke passionately about what returning to the island means to them and their family.
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Speaking to 1 NEWS, the trio of Ata Hingano, Tui Lolohea and Sione Katoa spoke about honoring the sacrifices of their parents being a primary factor in playing for Tonga, ahead of Australia or New Zealand.

"Money doesn't come into it," Hingano said.

"It's all for the sacrifices our parents have made for us to be in the position that we're in today."

It sounds incredible but it's true. The superstar forward will arrive in Tonga later today.
Source: 1 NEWS

Katoa echoed Hingano's sentiments.

"All of our parents have sacrificed a lot for us to get our future."

"It's time to give back to the community."

The Titans centre has been in Tonga for two weeks, but was at the airport to welcome his teammates.
Source: 1 NEWS

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