Tonga lose ineligible trio for World Cup

The confusion over eligibility for this month's World Cup has deepened, with Tonga now denied the services of three players they planned to use in the tournament.

With Anthony Tupou already reclassified as Australian, the Tongans have been told that neither Fuifui Moimoi nor Taniela Tuiaki qualify for them, because they opted to play for New Zealand last year.

The Rugby League International Federation tried to explain the situation yesterday, without further damaging the credibility of the process. "Players who are eligible to play for more than one country must elect which country they will represent," a statement said. "A player is allowed only one application under this rule in any two-year period."

There has been some better news for Tonga, as they have been given permission to field Antonio Kaufusi and Louis Anderson, although Anderson has been ruled out by Warrington following surgery on a broken arm. Kaufusi has previously played for Australia and Anderson for New Zealand.

Just to complicate matters further, the New Zealand international half-back, Ben Roberts, has been cleared to play for Samoa and the Australian Test winger, Jarryd Hayne, for Fiji. They could lose him as quickly as they gained him, however, if he is called up by Australia as a replacement for Justin Hodges, who is a fitness doubt.

Ireland, who are in a demanding group with Tonga and Samoa, have lost a second Australian-based forward to injury. Already without Melbourne's Brett White with a foot injury, they have now been deprived of Shannon McDonnell of West Tigers because of a hamstring problem.

The Irish coach, Andy Kelly, angered by the short notice, has called up the former Hull forward, Shayne McMenemy, who is now playing in Western Australia, plus a player from the Irish domestic competition, Brendan Guilfoyle of the Treaty City Titans in Limerick.

Todd Carney's contract to play for Huddersfield next season is in doubt following a new incident which is being investigated by police in Australia and his failure so far to secure a work permit. Carney's alcohol problems saw him sacked by Canberra last season after a series of escapades.

Carney is banned from playing in Australia until 2010. He has been doing voluntary work in Rwanda as he tried to sort himself out, but was involved in an incident in which a shop window was smashed in his home town of Goulburn last week.

Huddersfield have signed another teenager from Bradford. Scott Farnsworth, a 16-year-old back-row forward, has followed the hooker, Keal Carlile, to the Galpharm Stadium, and will join the club's scholarship scheme.

BUY RUGBY WORLD CUP TICKETS

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most