Toutai Kefu was named as the ‘Ikale Tahi’s new coach, giving him a mandate to rebuild the national side before the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
This has been confirmed to Kaniva News by Tonga Rugby Union interim chairman, Fe’ao Vunipola.
Kefu will need to select a new squad from local and international players ahead of his first challenge, the Pacific Cup in Fiji and Samoa in June.
Former ‘Ikale Tahi player Siua Taumalolo was elected as assistant coach.
The election of Kefu was confirmed in a TRU meeting last week.
Kefu replaced former ‘Ikale Tahi headcoach Mana ‘Otai.