Tonga's Jason Taumalolo chipper in reggae-inspired training session before England showdown

Tonga's biggest league star Jason Taumalolo showed no signs of angst, smiling and looking completely calm at his team's final training session this afternoon in Auckland before tomorrow's Rugby League World Cup semi-final showdown with England at Mount Smart Stadium.

Taumalolo, 24, has been in hot form at this year's tournament, leading from the front of his forward pack with his barnstorming carries.

Kristian Woolf said the energy in the squad has been unbelievable. Source: 1 NEWS

Tonga head into tomorrow's clash undefeated with England only losing one game so far to defending champions Australia, 18-4 last month in Melbourne in their first round robin match.

The winner of tomorrow's match will face either Fiji or Australia in next week's final in Brisbane.

The Fifth Harmony star will sing the anthem public for the first time at tomorrow's RLWC semi-final between Tonga and England. Source: 1 NEWS

Normally leading from the front on the field, Sio Siua Taukeiaho froze for a while before taking the leap off the Sky Tower in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

Mate Ma'a Tonga will face England at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday for a spot in the World Cup final. Source: 1 NEWS

The two league stars have hit it off since being in camp for the RLWC. Source: 1 NEWS

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Taumalolo has had an outstanding tournament so far at this year's RLWC. Source: 1 NEWS


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Can they do it? Upbeat coach says Mate Ma'a Tonga ready to cause huge boil-over against England in team's biggest match ever

Mate Ma'a Tonga's head coach Kristian Woolf says his side have a lot more to give and are eager to write another chapter in their fairy-tale Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) story, when they take on England in tomorrow's semi-final in Auckland.

Woolf said the energy in Tonga's camp had continued to grow throughout the tournament.

Normally leading from the front on the field, Sio Siua Taukeiaho froze for a while before taking the leap off the Sky Tower in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

"At the moment I'm really enjoying what I am doing with these blokes, this has been an outstanding campaign," said Woolf.

"Like the players I have enjoyed my six weeks. That speaks volumes itself for the whole group I think.

"Six weeks away together is a long time and everyone is still enjoying each other's company," he said.

"I think I speak for everyone when I say we don't want to go home yet."

Woolf also praised his young halves Ata Hingano and Tuimoala Lolohea for their progress throughout the RLWC.

"They have got better and better like everyone else in this tournament. They are a big part as to why we have been so successful and why we have kept improving," said Woolf.

"They are doing a terrific job and they've outplayed some really good halves in different games as well.

"Like the rest of the squad I'm really comfortable that come the big game tomorrow they're going to be ready to go and perform."

The winner of tomorrow's match will play either Fiji or Australia in next week's final in Brisbane.

Mate Ma'a Tonga will face England at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday for a spot in the World Cup final. Source: 1 NEWS

Some Mate Ma'a Tonga players stepped out of their comfort zone, facing their fears of heights. Source: 1 NEWS

The Tongan centre wasn't getting too far ahead of himself, however, saying his side first need to overcome a tough England side to reach the final. Source: 1 NEWS

The two league stars have hit it off since being in camp for the RLWC. Source: 1 NEWS

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Kristian Woolf said the energy in the squad has been unbelievable. Source: 1 NEWS


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'But I'm scared!' Tonga's RLWC prop freezes and stalls before completing Sky Jump

Tonga's rugby league team have been all about reaching new heights in this year's Rugby League World Cup tournament.

But today four of their players went a little higher than they may have liked, on the edge of the Sky Tower.

Some Mate Ma'a Tonga players stepped out of their comfort zone, facing their fears of heights. Source: 1 NEWS

Prop Sio Siua Taukeiaho normally leads the charge for Tonga's forward pack on the pitch, but today it was a little different.

It took two whole minutes for the star NRL prop, but he eventually jumped.

The Tongans will stay grounded from now on as they aim to continue their fairy-tale run into the World Cup final.

They meet England in Auckland on Saturday. 

The Mate Ma'a Tonga winger enjoyed a lighter moment with one of the team's assistants. Source: 1 NEWS

The two league stars have hit it off since being in camp for the RLWC. Source: 1 NEWS

Fusitu'a could be in doubt for Tonga's RLWC semi-final against England on Saturday in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

Mate Ma'a Tonga will face England at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday for a spot in the World Cup final. Source: 1 NEWS

The Tongan centre wasn't getting too far ahead of himself, however, saying his side first need to overcome a tough England side to reach the final. Source: 1 NEWS

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Normally leading from the front on the field, Sio Siua Taukeiaho froze for a while before taking the leap off the Sky Tower in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS