Taumalolo and former New Zealand Warriors hooker Siliva Havili were asked to stay behind to catch a later flight, revealed Tonga coach Kristian Woolf.
"We all got on the plane... then they decided that there was too much weight on the plane," Woolf told TVNZ.
"They had to offload a couple of guys and unfortunately, one of those was Jason."
"It was a funny one."
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