Watch: Mate Ma'a Tonga fever hits Tauranga as hundreds of passionate fans stop traffic

Hundreds of Tongan supporters stopped traffic tonight on one of Tauranga's popular roads to show their support ahead of tomorrow's big Rugby League World Cup game.

Little could be heard over the blaring horns, passionate singing from the fans and loud music being blasted from their car speakers.

For a short time traffic came to a standstill on Marine Parade as they made their presence felt.

Tonga's Rugby League World Cup semi-final against England kicks off at 6pm at Mount Smart in Auckland.

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

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

The Fifth Harmony star said she has seen the unbelievable support for Mate Ma'a Tonga through social media. Source: 1 NEWS

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These supporters were keen to show their support ahead of Tonga's semi-final with England tomorrow night. Source: 1 NEWS


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Video: 'I wanted to experience that' - Dinah Jane eager to be among exuberant Tongan league fans

US singer Dinah Jane has revealed she wanted to come New Zealand sooner after seeing the passionate Mate Ma'a Tonga fans celebrate their team's success so far in the Rugby League World Cup.

Jane, 20, has been keeping up to date with the Tonga's progress at the RLWC through social media.

The Fifth Harmony singer told 1 NEWS that she really wants to be a part of the Tongan fanfare and atmosphere, which has been a highlight of this year’s tournament.

People were riding on cars, playing music cheering and showing how proud they were of their team after the historic win. Source: 1 NEWS

"Man I'm telling you that's why I wanted to come vacation (in NZ) real quick," said Jane.

"Only because on social media you see everybody so proud running through the streets with their red flag, red face, red wig and I wanted to experience that because for our boys to make it this far in the competition - just makes our people even more prouder."

She said the Tongan team have shown great belief to get this far in the competition.

"You know this is such a great team."

Jane announced earlier in the week that she will be singing Tonga's national anthem at tomorrow's semi-final in Auckland between Tonga and England.

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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

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

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The Fifth Harmony star said she has seen the unbelievable support for Mate Ma'a Tonga through social media. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: 'He was all in tears' - pop star Dinah Jane on singing Tongan national anthem to proud grandfather

Pop star Dinah Jane has opened up about singing the Tongan national anthem for the first time to her proud grandparents before arriving in New Zealand.

Jane, 20, will be performing the Tongan national anthem for the first time publicly tomorrow in Auckland as Tonga take on England at the Rugby League World Cup semi-final.

She told 1 NEWS that she performed the Tongan anthem for her grandfather before leaving America.

"I performed it for him for the very first time before I flew down," said Jane.

"He was just all in tears and just to make him proud means the absolute most to me."

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

The pop star says she understands how much the anthem means to the Tongan fans and people.

"I know that this anthem means more than just an anthem it's you representing your people, your culture and it's definitely a prayer," said Jane.

She said she was overcome with emotion after seeing the reaction of her grandparents after singing the anthem.

"I wanted to cry it just brought so much light into my grandfather and grandmother's eyes.

"They grew up in Tonga and for them to see their granddaughter who is living in America, living her dream and singing their anthem makes them so proud.

"This is about you representing your family and culture."

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

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

Jane is an American singer of Tongan, Samoan, Fijian and Danish descent.

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

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