Tonga ready to take on Australia: Woolf
Tongan coach Kristian Woolf has declared his side is ready to face Australia after their comfortable 38-22 victory over Samoa at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday night.
Woolf has held several conversions with Australian coach Mal Meninga, who has been supportive of an end of season Test match between the nations.
"There's been a lot of talk about a game at the end of the year against Australia and that's something we are really pushing as hard as we can to make happen," Woolf said.
"I've got to give Mal Meninga a wrap. Every time I've spoken to him and the first conversation to get the ball rolling there was with Mal.
"He jumped at it straight away and it's certainly something that he's right behind and wants to make happen."
After Tonga's stellar performance on Saturday night Woolf believes his side could come up against any opposition and give them a solid run, in which they have been vocal about wanting more game time throughout the year.
"I think we can match anyone when we're playing that way and we've been quite vociferous in that we want to get some opportunity to play tier one nations," Woolf said.
"We certainly implore the NRL and the International rugby league to make that happen."
Tongan captain William Hopoate who had an outstanding performance on Saturday night said the side is eager to test themselves against the world's best.
"I think the boys would relish the challenge," Hopoate said.
"They are obviously the best in the world at the moment and we want to test ourselves and see how we go with the likes of your Inglis's and the All Stars that are playing in the Origin arena."
Campbelltown Stadium was filled with red jersey and flags, in which hopoate said running out of the tunnel was a moment he will never forget.
"To see all the red flags, it's something words you can't really describe," Hopoate said.
"They are memories I'll cherish for the rest of my life and I'm sure the boys would say the same."