Watch: Tongan stars blown away by Rugby League World Cup support: 'Our country is very proud'

David Fusitu'a opened up about his side's rapturous fans at this year's Rugby League World Cup, saying that the Tongan team are humbled by their huge support base.

Since their arrival to New Zealand following a pre-tournament camp in Nuku'alofa, the Tongan team have been welcomed by thousands of screaming fans, with this week's arrival to Christchuch no different.

Speaking to media today ahead of Tonga's quarter-final against Lebanon on Saturday, Fusitu'a said that his side have been blown away by their fans.

"It's quite unbelievable how much they get behind us," he said.

"Our country is very proud."

"All the boys have a lot of time for the fans."

David Fusitu'a says that his side have been humbled by their fans in the tournament. Source: 1 NEWS


'He's always been a freak' - Ex-All Blacks prop backs Kiwis' Nelson Asofa-Solomona for union switch

Former All Blacks prop Neemia Tialata says that Kiwis rookie Nelson Asofa-Solomona has everything it takes to succeed in rugby union - should he decide to switch codes.

After a breakout season with the Melbourne Storm in the NRL, Asofa-Solomona is currently with the Kiwis, preparing to take on Fiji in this weekend's World Cup quarter final in his hometown of Wellington.

His cousin - 43-Test All Blacks prop Tialata - reckons that Asofa-Solomona would do just as well in an All Blacks jersey, than in the black and white of the Kiwis.

"He's always been a freak," Tialata told 1 NEWS.

In 2013 the bulldozing forward was a star for Wellington College, tonight he’ll take the field in the NRL Grand Final. Source: Seven Sharp

"I probably could see him in the back row somewhere, or out in the centres."

Tialata also said that Asofa-Solomona's background, which saw him switch from union to league in his youth, would serve in good stead should he wish to cross back over.

"Obviously coming from a rugby union family and background, it would be easy for him to make the switch later on."

Neemia Tialata says that his cousin would shine if he crossed codes. Source: 1 NEWS



American group eyeing purchasing Warriors after Auckland Rugby League deal collapses - 1 NEWS understands

Just three weeks ago, Auckland Rugby League - or to be precise the Carlaw Heritage Trust - looked to be close to purchasing the Warriors. That offer has now been withdrawn.

1 NEWS understands that final terms haven't been agreed on, with the asking price around $15 to 20 million.

It's unclear why Auckland League, having completed the due diligence process, decided to take its offer off the table with neither party commenting today.

The Warriors' owners are now looking at new options, with sources suggesting an American group having been in Auckland, looking at buying the club.

It is understood that the American group are linked with American Football, and the NFL.

Watch more on 1 NEWS at 6pm. 

Simon Mannering.
Vodafone Warriors v  Manly Sea Eagles. NRL Rugby League. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 27 August 2017 © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga /
Warriors forward Simon Mannering. Source: Photosport