Government pays ʻIkale Tahi players as the national team gear up for test against Fiji

UPDATED, July 7: The ʻIkale Tahi players will each receive TP$6,000 for three tests they played against Samoa, Wales and Fiji this weekend.

Each player been given $3,000 and another $3,000 will be paid today July 7 to each members of the team.

The Tonga Rugby Union had paid the return tickets for the players when they travelled to New Zealand in June to meet the Welsh, TRU Chair Feʻao Vunipola said.

The donation was approved by the cabinet last week.

Tonga had defeated Samoa in their Pacific Cup opener in Nukuʻalofa last week.

The ʻIkale Tahi will face the Vodafone Flying Fijians this Saturday at Teufaiva national stadium at 2pm.

Fiji coach John Mackee told media his team have expected a tough and physical game against the Tongans.

Meanwhile, head coach Toutai Kefu has released the list of the ʻIkale Tahi team to take on Fiji.

Two key players, flanker Nili Latu and centre Nafi Tuitavake have both left the tour early and will not play this Saturday.

Latu was forced to leave due to a family emergency, while Nafi was granted permission to leave for personal reasons.

The ʻIkale Tahi team for Saturday

  1. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi – Waikato
  2. Paula Ngauamo – Mont De Marsan Hooker
  3. Siua Halanukonuka – Otago Highlanders
  4. Leva Fifita – Waikato
  5. Steve Mafi – Castres
  6. Dan Faleafa – SCALBI
  7. Jack Ram – Auckland Rugby
  8. Valentino Mapapalangi – Manawatu
  9. Sonatane Takulua – Newcastle Falcons
  10. Latiume Fosita – Doncaster Knights
  11. Cooper Vuna – Worcester Warriors
  12. Tevita Taufui – Waikato Rugby
  13. Siale Piutau – Bristol (Captain)
  14. David Halaifonua – Gloucester
  15. ‘Atieli Pakalani – Southern Districts
  16. Suliasi Taufalele – Counties Manukau
  17. Latu Talakai – Waikato
  18. Ben Tameifuna – Racing 92
  19. Sione Tau – SUAgen
  20. Mike Faleafa – Northland
  21. Leon Fukofuka – Crusaders
  22. Kali Hala – Counties Manukau
  23. Kiti Taimani

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