Earlier this year schoolboy Taniela Tupou became an overnight YouTube sensation with his hattrick video that resulted in him being dubbed “the Tongan Thor).
The hype surrounding the Tongan Thor video has led to a scramble by international unions to sign up Tupou in the hope he one day opts to represent them internationally in the future.
With Rugby Union and League officials from Australia and New Zealand pursuing his signature, Tupou is aware that he is a hot commodity.
The Auckland based prop, who moved from Tonga four years ago wants some clarification about his future.
“They (NZRU) said that ‘if you’re not on a New Zealand passport and you’ve been here for four years, you can play for the team’. But I’ve been here for four years and they said I can’t play for the New Zealand A team. It’s not fair,” he said.
Whilst some may be quick to criticise Tupou’s willingness to abandon his new home, he was honest with his motivations stating,
“We come from a poor family. My dad passed away in 2005 and that’s why I’m trying my best in rugby … my family are my motivation.”
It is believed that Tupou is keen to join the Waratahs in Australia with a view to one day representing the Wallabies, however only time will tell if the “Tongan Thor” lives up to the hype and pulls on the Green & Gold.