Ikale Tahi name four uncapped players for Northern tour

The ‘Ikale Tahi selectors have included four new players in a 30-man squad for their Tests against  the French Barbarians, Georgia and Wales in a tour of the Northern Hemisphere next month.

Siale Piutau will captain the side with four uncapped players selected for the campaign: props Ma’afu Fia and Tolu Fahamokioa; lock Sam Ulufonua and backs Latu Vaeno and Hawaii Ahokovi.

“They come into the team in place of veterans Siua Halanukonuka, Nasi Manu, Cooper Vuna, Nafi Tu’itavake and Telusa Veainu who are all unavailable due to injury,” a statement said.

“This test window is a key preparation step towards the World Cup in 2019 as we finalise team and staff selections for the tournament.

“The tour schedule begins next week with a Preparation Camp held in Madrid, Spain from October 28th-November 4th, 2018. With the November Test Match schedule as follows:

  • November 10th: vs French Barbarians, Bordeaux, France
  • November 17th:   vs Wales, Cardiff, Wales.
  • November 24th:   vs Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia.

The team

First Name Last Name Village CLUB NAME
Latu Talakai Leimatu’a (Vv) WAIKATO
Siegfried Fisiihoi Falaleu & ‘Utui (Vv) STADE FRANCAIS
Paea Faanunu Leimatu’a (Vv) CASTRES
Sefo Sakalia Ma’ufanga (Tt), Nomuka (Hp) & Uvea MARIST
Paula Ngauamo Vaini, Kolomotu’a, Fasi & Kolofo’ou (Tt) AGEN
Ma’afu Fia Ha’avakatolo, Holonga (tt) & Olo’ua (Vv) OSPREYS
Tolu Fahamokioa Haveluloto (Tt) TAWA RFC
Ben Tameifuna Pea (Tt) RACING 92
Sitiveni Mafi ‘Ahau (Tt) & Kolovai (Tt) CASTRES
Leva Fifita Neiafu (Vv) GRENOBLE
Sam Ulufonua Nukunuku, Ma’ufanga (Tt), Lofanga (Hp) & Taoa (Vv) HAWKES BAY
Michael Faleafa Kolomotu’a & Kolovai (Tt) PERPIGNAN
Sione Kalamafoni Matahau, Te’ekiu (Tt) & ‘Otea (Vv) LEICESTER TIGERS
Valentino Mapapalangi Holonga & Ha’alalo (Tt) LEICESTER TIGERS
Maama Vaipulu Folaha (Tt) CASTRES
Dan Faleafa Kolomotu’a & Kolovai (Tt) COVENTRY
Sione Vailanu Kolovai (Tt) SARACENS
Fotu Lokotui Longoteme (Tt) COUNTIES MANUKAU
Sonatane Takulua Lapaha, Ma’ufanga (Tt) & Niuatoputapu NEWCASTLE FALCONS
Leon Fukofuka Ha’avakatolo, Fo’ui & Ha’alalo (Tt) AUCKLAND
Kurt Morath Leimatu’a (Vv) DONCASTER
Latiume Fosita Haveluloto (Tt) & Felemea (Hp) COUNTIES MANUKAU
Siale Piutau Kolofo’ou & Folaha (Tt) BRISTOL BEARS
Daniel Kilioni Uiha (Hp), Tafahi and Haveluloto (Tt) GRENOBLE
Alaska Taufa Ha’ateiho (Tt) GRENOBLE
Viliami Lolohea Navutoka (Tt) & Niuatoputapu TASMAN
Hawaii Ahokovi Pangaimotu (Vv) PAKURANGA
David Halaifonua Fatumu & Tukulalo, Houma (Vv) COVENTRY
‘Atieli Pakalani Ha’ateiho (Tt) & Feletoa (Vv) NSW COUNTRY
Latu Vaeno Vaololoa (Tt) TARANAKI

The Staff

ROLE First Name (Team list) Last Name (Team list)
Head Coach Toutai Kefu
Assistant Coach Grant Doorey
Assistant Coach Dan Cron
Assistant Coach Pita Alatini
Athletic Performance Coach Semisi Fonua
Team Doctor Peni Poloniati
Physiotherapist Leevan Santos
Physiotherapist Saia Vakasiuola
Analyst Joh Fifita
Team Manager Lano Fonua
Asst. Team Manager Tony Alatini
Team Chaplain Tevita Koloi
WR Consultant Matt Bair

 

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