IRB Pacific CupNuku’alofa, 22 June 2015: ‘Ikale Tahi Team Manager Sioape Tui’ono and Head Coach Mana ‘Otai have officially named the squad to contest the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup in Fiji and Canada. Five debutantes join a squad that draws on the experience of 2014′s European Test squad, with familiar faces like Nili Latu returning to continue his string leadership role within the team.

The ‘Ikale Tahi squad is:

Position Name Club From
Prop Tevita Mailau Perpignan Rugby, France Felemea (Hp) & ‘Otea (Vv)
Prop Sona Taumalolo Grenoble, France Ha’akame (Tt)
Prop Soane Tonga’uiha Oyonnax, France Vaini (Tt) & Houma (Tt)
Prop Siua Halanukonuka Narbonne, France Hoi (Tt)
Prop Halani ‘Aulika London Irish, England Angaha (‘Eua)
Prop Sila Puafisi Gloucester, England Ha’ateiho(Tt) & Longomapu (Vv)
Hooker Elvis Taione Exeter Chiefs, England Kolomotu’a(Tt) & Ha’akio(Vv)
Hooker Kalafi Pongi Auckland ITM, New Zealand Holonga (Tt) & Sopu ‘O Taufa (Tt)
Hooker Sosefo Sakalia CS Steaua Buchresti, Romania Nomuka (Hp) & Ma’ufanga(Tt)
Lock Tukulua Lokotui Beziers  Herault, France Ha’ateiho(Tt) & Mo’unga’one(Hp)
Lock Uili Kolo’ofa’i Newcastle Falcons, England Kolomotu’a (Tt) & Niuatoputapu (Niua)
Lock Joseph Tu’ineau Lyon Rugby, France Fasi Moe Afi ‘A Tungi (Tt)
Back Row Steve Mafi Western Force, Australia ‘Ahau (Tt) & Kolovai (Tt)
Back Row Hale T Pole Otago ITM, New Zealand Muitoa (Hp) & Fua’amotu (Tt)
Back Row Viliami Fihaki Sale Sharks, England Nukunuku (Tt)
Back Row Nili Latu Newcastle Falcons, England Afa (Tt)
Back Row Opeti Fonua Leicester Tigers, England Kolonga (Tt)
Back Row Viliami Ma’afu Oyonnax, France Kolovai (Tt)
Halfback Sonatane Takulua Newcastle Falcons, England Lapaha (Tt)
Halfback Taniela Moa PAU Section Palaise, France Fatumu (Tt) & ‘Ohonua (‘Eua)
Halfback Sosefo Ma’ake Havelu Bulldogs, Tongatapu Feletoa (Vv) & Haveluloto (Tt)
First-five Latiume Fosita Doncaster, England Haveluloto (Tt) & Felemea (Hp)
First-five Kurt Morath Biarritz, France Leimatu’a (Vv)
First-five Martin Naufahu Melbourne Rising NRC, Australia Haveluliku (Tt) & Niuatoputapu(Niua)
Centres Sione Piukala Perpignan, France Futu (‘Eua) & Houma (Tt)
Centres ‘Alipate Fatafehi US Colomiers, France Leimatu’a (Vv)
Centres Siale Piutau Yamaha, Japan Kolofo’ou(Tt) & Folaha (Tt)
Outside Back ‘Otulea Katoa Edinburgh, Scotland Haveluloto (Tt)
Outside Back Fetu’u Vainikolo Oyonnax, France Ha’alalo (Tt)
Outside Back Telusa Veainu Melbourne Rebels, Australia Matahau (Tt) & Longolongo (Tt)
Outside Back Vungakoto Lilo US Montauban, France Koula (Hp) & Foa (Hp)

(Tt = Tongatapu, Vv = Vava’u, Hp = Ha’apai)

MANAGEMENT

    • Sioape Tuiono – Team Manager & TRU Vice President
    • Peter Harding – High Performance Manager
    • Mana Otai – Head Coach
    • Tevita Tuifua – Assistant Coach
    • Jim Mackay – Technical Advisor Attack Coach: Former Wallabies Attack Coach
    • Mavae Otumuli – Team Physio
    • Robert Naish – Team Physio 2: Former Western Force
    • Dr. Fakaosi Pifeleti – Team Doctor
    • Scott Anderson – Video Analyst 1: Former Western Force
    • Joh Elswijk Fifita – Video Analyst 2 
    • Marco Caputo – Scrum Coach:Former Leinster/Brumbies Scrum Coach
    • Semisi Fonua – Strength & Conditioner
    • Kyle Willoughby – Media Manager

The team will meet in Tonga in early July for a training camp before departing for Suva to take on Fiji in the first of their three pool matches for the Pacific Nations Cup.

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