Tonga Rugby Names Team to Face New Zealand

Tonga Rugby Head coach Mana ‘Otai has named his team to face New Zealand this Friday in their final pool match of the Rugby World Cup. Captain Nili Latu will lead out a side that is looking to finish the pool round with determination and heart. The team is largely unchanged from the team to face Argentina, with Latiume Fosita coming in at number 12 in place of Sione Piukala. Steve Mafi is bracketed at number 19 with ‘Uili Kolo’ofa’I and Hale T-Pole, while Jack Ram returns to the side at number 20.

A Press Release by Tonga Rugby

 

  NAME VILLAGE CLUB
1 Soane Tonga’uiha Vaini (Tt) & Houma (Tt) Oyonnax
2 Elvis Taione Kolomotu’a(Tt) & Ha’akio(Vv) Exeter Chiefs
3 Halani Aulika ‘Ohonua (‘Eua) & Faleloa (Hp) London Irish
4 Tukulua Lokotui Ha’ateiho(Tt) & Mo’unga’one(Hp) Beziers
5 Joe Tuineau Fasi Moe Afi ‘A Tungi (Tt) Dax
6 Sione Kalamafoni Matahau, Te’ekiu (Tt) & ‘Otea (Vv) Gloucester
7 Nili Latu ( C ) Afaa, ‘Eueiki, Ha’alalo, Pea (Tt) Newcastle Falcons
8 Viliami Ma’afu ( VC ) Kolovai (Tt), Neiafu (Vv), Niuatoputapu (Niua) Oyonnax
9 Sonatane Takulua Lapaha (Tt) Newcastle Falcons
10 Kurt Hansen Morath Leimatu’a & Falevai (Vv) Biarritz
11 Fetu’u Vainikolo Ha’alalo (Tt) Oyonnax
12 Latiume Fosita Haveluloto (Tt) & Felemea (Hp) Doncaster
13 Siale Piutau ( VC ) Kolofo’ou & Folaha (Tt) Yamaha
14 Telusa Veainu Matahau (Tt) & Longolongo (Tt) Melbourne Rebels
15 Vungakoto Lilo Koula (Hp) & Foa (Hp) Montauban
 
16 Paula Ngauamo Vaini, Kolomotu’s, Fasi & Kolofo’ou (Tt) Mont de Marsan
17 Sona Taumalolo Ha’akame (Tt) & Holonga (Vv) Grenoble
18 Sila Puafisi Ha’ateiho(Tt) & Longomapu (Vv) Glasgow Warriors
19 Steve Mafi

(‘Uili Kolo’ofa’i)

(Hale T-Pole)

‘Ahau (Tt) & Kolovai (Tt)

Kolomotu’a (Tt) & Niuatoputapu (Niua)

Muitoa (Hp) & Fua’amotu (Tt)

Western Force

Newcastle Falcons

Otago

20 Jack Ram Ha’ateiho (Tt) & Tavua (Fiji) Northland Taniwhas
21 Samisoni Fisilau Longolongo (Tt) and Leimatu’a (Vv) Jersey
22 Viliami Tahitu’a Te’ekiu (Tt) & Falaleu (Vv) Northland Taniwhas
23 Will Helu Fasi, Pahu (Tt) & Foa (Hp) Edinburgh

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