Tonga’s Rugby League governing body have been expelled from their membership within International Rugby League.
A statement from International Rugby League said, “At its Board meeting on 13 February, the Directors carefully considered the position of Tonga National Rugby League, which has been suspended since October 2019, in the light of a wide-ranging consultation with stakeholders in the Tongan game.
“After that meeting, the Board wrote to TNRL, advising them of the resolution passed at that meeting, which is to expel TNRL from the membership. There is a process within the IRL constitution for dealing with membership issues, which IRL is following. TNRL has one week to appeal the Board’s decision.
“Should it choose to do so, the matter will be decided by the members in general meeting.
“IRL will be making no further comments until due constitutional process is completed.”
Tonga made the semi-finals of the 2017 World Cup but have been suspended since October 2019.