Tonga will celebrate a new public holiday later this month following their historic win over Australia last weekend.

Head coach Kristian Woolf guided his team to a famous 16-12 win over the Kangaroos in Auckland and a public holiday will take place on Friday, November 15 with all the players expected to attend the Island Kingdom for an official reception,

Tonga Prime Minister Pōhiva Tuʻiʻonetoa has congratulated the team for their performance.

He revealed in a statement: “Such is the spirit of immense joy, felicitations, and thankfulness conveyed, on behalf of His Majesty The King Tupou VI, The Government and the People of the Kingdom of Tonga, to the Captain, the Manager, the officials and the Head Coach of the Winning Warriors Tonga Team respectively, for the outstanding, awe inspiring, and unique triumph of the Tonga Rugby League Invitational XIII over the reigning Australian and British Rugby League Teams.”

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Coach Woolf will not be able to attend as he will be in the UK starting his new role as boss of Super League side St Helens.