Fotofili will keep position despite suspension: “He’s still our captain,” says coach

Despite being suspended after an on-field incident in Hamilton last Saturday, Tana Fotofili will lead Tonga in the Sydney Sevens this weekend.

Tonga will play South Africa on Saturday morning and Australia at Spotless Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

They will play Argentina on Saturday night.

Australia took out the  men’s and women’s titles in 2018.

Fotofili was suspended after he broke the jaw of American player Perry Baker during a dangerous tackle.

He was also named for an incident during their game with Kenya on Sunday, which they lost 19-12.

Fotofili, 24, was suspended for four games, which meant he was not captain when  the Tongan 7s team defeated Japan 31-7 and France 33-10.

Tonga finished 13th in Hamilton.

Tongan Rugby 7s coach Tevita Tu’ifua said Fotofili would retain his leadership role this weekend.

“He’s still our captain here in Sydney,” Tu’ifua said.

“He’ll be missing the first two pool games and will join in in the last pool game for Saturday.

“Our main target is for (the World Series Qualifier in) Hong Kong.”

The main points

  • Despite being suspended after an on-field incident in Hamilton last Saturday, Tana Fotofili will lead Tonga in the Sydney Sevens this weekend.
  • Tonga will play South Africa on Saturday morning and Australia on Saturday afternoon.

For more information

Tonga 7s stick with suspended skipper for Sydney

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/381359/sport-tonga-7s-stick-with-suspended-skipper-for-sydney

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