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Jason Taumalolo appears set to shun Kiwis and stick with Tonga

Kiwis fans shouldn't expect Jason Taumalolo to feature in the black and white jersey again after the North Queensland wrecking ball backed the idea of Tonga playing a test in Hawaii.

Taumalolo returned to Cowboys training this week for the first time after shunning New Zealand to lead Tonga's charge through to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Under international rules, the Auckland-born 24-year-old can change his allegiance back to New Zealand, after previously playing 10 tests for the Kiwis.

But the 2016 Dally M Medallist is expected to stick with the Island nation, who he qualifies for through his father, and looks set to line up against Samoa in the mid-season Pacific test.

An end of season test between Australia and Tonga has also been touted and Taumalolo said he hoped to feature in the historic match if it goes ahead.

"It would be a great idea," said Taumalolo.

"Taking a game overseas and expanding the game in other countries. What better way to do it than take a game to Hawaii or anywhere overseas?

"I'm fully with that decision if it happens. If it does happen, hopefully I can be a part of it.

"We'll find out soon (about my decision). We've got the Pacific test halfway through the year or whoever is playing then.

"I'm sure I'll make up my mind sooner rather than later, said Taumalolo.

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