ikaletahi2015Nukualofa, 18 August 2015: Tonga Rugby Union President, Epi Taione, has today announced the squad to contest the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. With a mixture of youth and experience, Tonga is set to face the challenges presented by four distinct and unique teams; Georgia, Namibia, Argentina and New Zealand.

In a side which sees Pacific Nations Cup debutantes Telusa Veainu, Viliami Tahitu’a and Sosefo Ma’ake joining the campaign, there is also the addition of familiar names, including Gloucester duo David Halaifonua and Sione Kalamafoni, along with Samisoni Fisilau, Aleki Lutui, Paula Ngauomo, Will Helu, and Siale Piutau.

The full team is as follows:

  Name                                           Club                               Village

TEVITA MAILAU Perpignan Felemea (Hp) & ‘Otea (Vv)
ALISONA TAUMALOLO Grenoble Ha’akame (Tt) & Holonga (Vv)
SOANE TONGA’UIHA Oyonnax Vaini (Tt) & Houma (Tt)
HALANI AULIKA London Irish ‘Ohonua (‘Eua) & Faleloa (Hp)
SILA PUAFISI Gloucester Ha’ateiho(Tt) & Longomapu (Vv)
ELVIS TAIONE Exeter Chiefs Kolomotu’a(Tt) & Ha’akio(Vv)
PAULA NGAUAMO Mont de Marsan Vaini, Kolomotu’s, Fasi & Kolofo’ou (Tt)
ALEKI LUTUI Ampthill RFC Tofoa (Tt)
TUKULUA LOKOTUI Beziers Ha’ateiho(Tt) & Mo’unga’one(Hp)
JOESEPH TUINEAU Dax Fasi Moe Afi ‘A Tungi (Tt)
STEVE MAFI Western Force ‘Ahau (Tt) & Kolovai (Tt)
OPETI FONUA Leicester Tigers Niutoua, Afa (Tt) & Tungua (Hp)
HALE TPOLE Otago Muitoa (Hp) & Fua’amotu (Tt)
NILI LATU Newcastle Falcons Afaa, ‘Eueiki, Ha’alalo, Pea (Tt)
JACK RAM Auckland Blues Ha’ateiho (Tt)
VILIAMI MA’AFU Oyonnax Kolovai (Tt), Neiafu (Vv), Niuatoputapu (Niua)
SIONE KALAMAFONI Gloucester Matahau, Te’ekiu (Tt) & ‘Otea (Vv)
SONATANE TAKULUA Newcastle Falcons Lapaha (Tt)
SAMISONI FISILAU Jersey RFC Longolongo (Tt) & Leimatu’a (Vv)
SOSEFO MA’AKE Havelu Bulldogs Feletoa (Vv) & Haveluloto (Tt)
KURT MORATH Biarritz Leimatu’a & Falevai (Vv)
LATIUME FOSITA Doncaster Haveluloto (Tt) & Felemea (Hp)
SIONE PIUKALA Perpignan Futu (‘Eua) & Houma (Tt)
SIALE PIUTAU Yamaha Kolofo’ou & Foloha (Tt)
VILIAMI TAHITU’A Northland Te’ekiu (Tt) & Falaleu (Vv)
FETU’U VAINIKOLO Oyonnax Ha’alalo (Tt)
TELUSA VEAINU Melbourne Rebels Matahau (Tt) & Longolongo (Tt)
TEVITA HALAIFONUA Gloucester Tukulalo, Houma (Vv) & Fatumu (Tt)
WILLIAM HELU Edinburgh Fasi, Pahu (Tt) & Foa (Hp)
VUNGAKOTO LILO Montauban Koula (Hp) & Foa (Hp)

Officials:

Mana Otai HEAD COACH
Tevita Tuifua  ASSISTANT COACH
Jim McKay ATTACK COACH
Marco Caputo SCRUM COACH
Semisi Fonua  STRENGTH & CONDITIONER
Peter Harding  GM HIGH PERFORMANCE
Sioape Tuiomo  TEAM MANAGER
Fakaosi Pifileti  DOCTOR
Mavae ‘Otumuli  PHYSIO
Megan Sturley  PHYSIO
Kyle Willoughby  MEDIA MANAGER
Scott Anderson  VIDEO ANALYST
Joh Fifita  VIDEO ANALYST
Lano Fonua  LOGISTICS MANAGER
Siaosi Faka’osi  TEAM OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

The team has gathered in England for a training camp in Surrey as part of the preparatons for the Rugby World Cup. Manager Sioape Tu’iono stressing the need to look at the tournament as something Tonga wants to be in right to the end.

World Rugby has confirmed there are still tickets available for matches in the series, including Tonga’s clash with Argentina in Leicester, which is available on the official World Rugby ticketing site.

Tonga’s first pool game is 12:00pm 18 September against Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester, with an official welcome scheduled at Cheltenham Town Hall on 12 September.

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