10 Toa Samoa rugby league footballers stranded in Hawai’i

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Toa Samoa when they arrived in Honolulu for the Samoa Independence Day Rugby Festival, May 31, 2013.

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--Ten Toa Samoa rugby league footballers are stranded in Hawai’i. They didn’t board the Pago Pago-bound Hawaiian Airlines flight Monday afternoon.

The group was in high spirits at the Honolulu International Airport, ready to depart for home after their 34-10 win over USA Tomahawks, June 1.

Toa Samoa is Samoa’s national rugby league team. They represent sovereign Samoa and Rugby League Samoa (RLS) in the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF). Tomahawks represent USA and the American National Rugby League (AMNRL) in the RLIF.

The historic Samoa V. USA game was the main event in the Samoa Independence Day rugby festival played at the Hawaiian Airlines field at Aloha Stadium.

It was a friendly match held in preparation for the Rugby League World Cup set for October in Europe.

It is not clear why the 10 Toa Samoa were turned away at Hawaiian’s boarding gate.

Inquiries about the men have been emailed and phoned in to Hawaiian Airlines' local and corporate offices. A response has yet to be gleaned.

According to the team’s itinerary, a total of 23 passengers comprise the traveling group that was scheduled to fly into Pago Pago on Hawaiian Airlines Monday night flight.

Upon Toa Samoa’s arrival on Tutuila, they were to stay one night at the Tradewinds Hotel, then depart for Upolu on two different Polynesian Airlines flights for Fagali’i International Airport this morning, June 4.

The team’s spokesperson said they are on stand-by for Hawaiian Airlines’ Thursday flight.

The 10 men are staying at Hokele Suites Hotel on Lewers Street in Waikiki.

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