In October 2017 Jason Taumalolo started a rugby revolution when he opted to play for Tonga, the country of his parents’ birth, in the Rugby League World Cup. But how did rugby start in Tonga? Why does the national rugby union side struggle, while its league side has never been more popular? ‘Rugby Reloaded’ takes a ten-minute tour of Tongan history for some answers.

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