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‘IKALE TAHI TEAM TO PLAY JAPAN

The ‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach, ‘Isitolo Maka has selected the following players to play against
Japan this Wednesday 21 September at the Northlands Events Centre in Whangarei:

1 Soane Tonga’uiha
2 ‘Aleki Lutui, Captain
3 Taufa’ao Filise
4 Tukulua Lokotui
5 Paino Hehea
6 Sione Kalamafoni
7 Sione Vaiomo’unga
8 Viliami Ma’afu
9 Taniela Moa
10 Kurt Morath
11 Sukanaivalu Hufanga
12 ‘Alipate Fatafehi
13 Siale Piutau
14 Fetu’u Vainikolo
15 Vungakoto Lilo, Vice Captain

Reserves:

16 ‘Ilaisia Ma’asi
17 ‘Alisona Taumalolo
18 Halani ‘Aulika
19 Joe Tu’ineau
20 Samiu Vahafolau
21 Samisoni Fisilau
22 Andrew Ma’ilei

The ‘Ikale Tahi returned today to Whangarei after spending 4 days at Paihia, and being
accommodated at the Scenic Hotel.

The team trained last Friday at the Bledisloe Domain in Paihia and on Saturday at Kerikeri.
On Saturday afternoon the team caught the ferry from Paihia to Russell, the first capital of
New Zealand where they consumed a number of oysters and other local delicacies during the Russell
Oyster Festival.

On Sunday the team attended a church service organised by the Okaihau Tongan Community
and local business and community groups. Those attending were Tongans from neighbouring towns
such as Dargaville, Kerikeri and Whangarei. The church service was held at the Okaihau College Hall
and the luncheon was held at the Okaihau Town Hall. During the luncheon ‘Emosi Koloto and Frank
Koloi presented monetary gifts directly to the Captain, Finau Maka, collected from kava clubs in
Auckland.

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The team will return to Paihia on Thursday after playing Japan, and then will travel down to
Wellington next Monday 26 September to prepare for their final pool phase game against France on
Saturday 1 October.

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