ʻĪkale Tahi ready for clash

Tonga’s head coach Manakaetau ‘Ōtai has officially announced the team to clash with Georgia tomorrow Saturday 19 September in Gloucester.

Tonga have made six changes to the starting XV from their last warm-up game with Romania during their World Cup preparations.

Telusa Veainu has been named on the wing and Vunga Lilo will play at full-back at Kingsholm.

Viliami Ma’afu will start at No 8, Sione Kalamafoni moves to blindside flanker and Steve Mafi switches into the second row following the 21-16 victory over Romania in Bucharest on September 5.

Winger Fetu’u Vainikolo, who has moved to Oyonnax after a spell with Exeter, needs one try to become Tonga’s leading Test try-scorer with 15.

Elvis Taione, Tevita Mailau, Sitiveni Mafi, Sonatane Takulua and Telusa Veaninu will make their World Cup debuts when the mtach with Georgia will be kicked off at noon UK time, which will be midnight Saturday Tongan time.

The ‘Ikale Tahi team:

  1. Tevita Mailau
  2. Elvis Taione
  3. Halani Aulika
  4. Steve Mafi
  5. Tukulua Lokotui
  6. Sione Kalamafoni
  7. Nili Latu (Captain)
  8. Viliami Ma’afu (Vice Captain)
  9. Sonatane Takulua
  10. Kurt Morath
  11. Fetu’u Vainikolo
  12. Siale Piutau (Vice Captain)
  13. William Helu
  14. Telusa Veainu
  15. Vungakoto Lilo
  16. Paula Ngauamo
  17. Sona Taumalolo
  18. Sila Puafisi
  19. Hale T. Pole
  20. Jack Ram
  21. Samisoni Fisilau
  22. Latiume Fosita
  23. Sione Piukala.

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