Mate Ma'a Tonga star Jason Taumalolo says he is glad to see more NRL players choose to represent Pacific nations ahead of this weekend's international window.
Former Kiwis players Martin Taupau and Jamayne Isaako have opted to play for Toa Samoa against Papua New Guinea on Saturday in Sydney.
"Obviously, whenever you get guys wanting to go back and represent their heritage it is always special," said Taumalolo.
"Seeing Martin and Jamayne go back, it's huge not only for their countries but for, obviously, their heritage themselves.
Taumalolo was heavily criticised in 2017 ahead of the Rugby League World Cup after making a late switch from the Kiwis to represent Tonga at the tournament.
Mate Ma'a Tonga went on to make the tournament’s semi-final, but were knocked out by England, going down 20-18 at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland.