Ikale Tahi make changes for France test

Mana ‘Otai has made three changes to the ‘Ikale Tahi starting line-up for the test in Le Havre on Saturday 16 as the team take its second match during the 2013 European Tour.

Joe Tuineau will replace Uili Kolo'ofa'i at lock and Bayonne eighth man, Opeti Fonua pushing Viliami Ma'afu to the bench also with the much more experience Taniela Moa coming in for Thomas Palu.

Changes to the reserves will include Hale T Pole and Ilaisa Maasi whom they werent on the team last week taking the place of Suliasi Taufalele and Vili Faingaa.

From the Squad there has been another change with the inclusion of Hemani Paea replacing Suka Hufanga(injury). Suka has been with the team since the beginning of the Camp in Gruissan and it's a big blow for the team.

The French will miss him as he scored the winning try for Tonga against France at the last World Cup.

Great chance for Hemani Paea from the Oyonnax Rugby from the French Top 14 to be in the red team again. He made his debut back in 2007 against Korea and that was his only test for Tonga.

There is still hope for young Kolio Hifo from the Young Munster Rugby Club in Ireland to make it to the Wales game next week.

Team captained by Nili Latu:

      1 Alisona Taumalolo – Prop

2 Elvis Taione – Hooker

3 Tevita Mailau – Prop

4 Tukulua Lokotui – Lock

5 Joe Tu’ineau – Lock

6 Sione Kalamafoni – Flanker

7 Nili Latu (C) – Flanker

8 Opeti Fonua – Number 8

9 Taniela Moa – Scrum half

10 Fangatapu ‘Apikotoa – Outside half

11 Will Helu – Winger

12 Sione Piukala – Centre

13 Siale Piutau – Centre

14 Fetu’u Vainikolo – Winger

15 Vungakoto Lilo – Full back


16 ‘Ilaisa Ma’asi – Front row

17 Taione Vea – Front row

18 Sila Puafisi – Front Row

19 Viliami Ma’afu

20 Hale T Pole

21 Samisoni Fisilau

22 Latiume Fosita

23 Tevita Halaifonua

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