'Ikaletahi to clash with Japan this Saturday

    Governing body TRU released Tongan fixtures for the Pacific Nations Cup commencing this Saturday May 25 with Ikaletahi facing Japan.

    United States and Canada joint in this year while Manu Samoa team have been chosen to take part in the Quadrangular Tournament together with South Africa, Scotland and Italy.

    The fixtures

    Japan vs. Tonga
    May 25, 2013
    Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium, Yokohama, Japan

    Canada vs. Tonga
    Saturday June 8, 2013
    Richardson Stadium at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

    USA vs, Tonga
    Friday, June 14, 2013
    Rio Tinto Stadium, Salt Lake City, USA

    Tonga vs. Fiji
    Sunday, June 23, 2013
    Chichibunomiya Memorial, Tokyo, Japan

    Full Team List

    Props

    Eddie ‘Aholelei, Melbourne Rebels
    Peni Fakalelu, Pau (France)
    Taione Vea, Counties Manukau Steelers
    Sila Puafisi, Tasman
    Kamaliele Sakalia, Tonga A

    Hookers

    Elvis Taione, Jersey Rugby Club (UK)
    Ilaise Ma‘asi, CS Viennie Rugby Club (France)

    Locks

    Joshua Afu, Kamaishi Sea Waves (Japan)
    Tukulua Lokotui, Gloucestor (UK)
    Daniel Faleafa, Northland
    Samisoni Fifita Masima, Tonga A

    Loose Forwards

    Sione Kalamafoni, Gloucestor (UK)
    Nili Latu, NEC Green Rockets (Japan)
    Paula Kaho, Canberra Vikings
    Viliami Ma‘afu, Massey (NZL)
    Viliami Fihaki, North Harbour (New Zealand)

    Halfbacks

    Taniela Moa Pau, France
    Thomas Palu Wellington Hurricanes Dev

    First 5/8

    Fangatapu, ‘Apikatoa, Amatori Rugby
    Kurt Morath, Kubota Spears

    Centres

    Sione Piukala, Perpignan, France
    Siale Piutau, Yamaha, Japan
    Suka Hufanga, Newcastle, UK

    Wingers

    Will Helu, Manly, Australia
    Viliame ‘Iongi, Tonga A
    Fetu’u Vainikolo, Connacht, Ireland

    Full Backs

    Viliame Hakalo, Tonga A
    David Halaifonua, Tonga 7s

    Non-Travelling Reserves

    Ofa Fainganuku, Glasgow Warriors, Scotland
    Akameta Fe‘ao, Toloa Old Boys
    Emosi Kauhenga, Ricoh
    Hale T Pole, Otago
    Sione Vaiomo‘unga, rugby viennie
    Finau Tupa, Japan
    Siale Fahiua, Tonga A
    Manu ‘Ahota‘e‘iloa, Bayonne, France
    Alaska Taufa, Akita Northern Bullet, Japan
    Fraser Anderson, Kobe, Japan.

    The team are accompanied by Tongan officials  Mana ‘Otai (Head Coach), Dr Uiliami Fukofuka (Team Manager), Mark Bakewell (Forwards Coach), Dave Ellis (Backs Coach), Dr. Fakaosi Pifileti (Doctor), Jodie McCarthy (Physio), Semisi Fonua (S&C)
    Joh Fifita (Video Analyst).

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