Ikaletahi ready for Italy match

Tonga’s double win over Spain and the United States in the last two weeks could have provided a spur to their target to crush the Italians this Saturday.

Tonga Rugby Union Chair Feʻao Vunipola said the team was “ready” and the preparation was “excellent”.

“They are just waiting for the kick off”, he said in Tongan.

The names of the 23 squad had been released today.

The Saturday’s match would be the final game for the ‘Ikaletahi’s three 2016 European Tour test matches.

They overwhelmed Spain  28-13 on November 12 and last week they defeated US Eagles by 20-17.

Meanwhile Italy captain Sergio Parisse will miss the home rugby test after being suspended for three weeks.

Parisse was found guilty by the French club leagues of involuntarily hitting an opponent’s face with his foot on Nov. 5 while playing for his Stade Francais club against Bordeaux, it has been reported.

Italy will play against Tonga in Padua at the Stadio Euganeo.

The ‘Ikaletahi squad:

Tevita Mailauloose headFelemea (Hp) and ‘Otea (Vv)
Paula NgauamohookerVaini, Kolomotu’a, Fasi & Kolofo’ou (Tt)
Siua HalanukonukatightheadHoi (Tt)
Steve Mafilock‘Ahau (Tt) & Kolovai (Tt)
Joe Tu’ineaulockFasi-moe-afi (Tt)
Dan FaleafablindsideKolomotu’a (Tt) & Kolovai (Tt)
Jack RamopensideHa’ateiho (Tt)
Tevita Koloamatangino. 8Ha’avakatolo (Tt)
Sonatane Takuluascrum halfLapaha, Ma’ufanga (Tt) & Niuatoputapu
Kali Halaoutside halfMalapo (Tt)
Fetu’u VainikolowingHa’alalo (Tt)
Latiume FositacentreHaveluloto and Felemea (Hp)
Siale Piutau ©centreKolofo’ou and Folaha (Tt)
Nafi Tu’itavakewingKolofo’ou (Tt) and Malapo (Tt)
David HalaifonuafullbackFatumu (Tt) and Tukulalo, Houma (Vv)
Elvis Taionefront rowKolomotu’a and Ha’akio (Vv)
Paea Fa’anunufront rowLeimatu’a (Vv)
Sila Puafisifront rowHa’ateiho (Tt) & Longomapu (Vv)
Valentino Mapapalangi Holonga (Tt) and Ha’alalo (Tt)
Kotoni Ale Vaimalo (Vv) and Ha’asini (Tt)
Tomasi Palu Utui (Vv) and Tungua (Hp)
Tevita Taufui Lofanga (Hp) and Mataika (Vv)
Cooper Vuna Houma (Tt)

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