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Post training in Wellington 3

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Post training in Wellington 3 A. Lutui, E. Tonga, F. Pifeleti, T. Kefu

Ikale Tahi team signing autographs

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Ikale Tahi team in Wellington signing autographs to their loved fans.

Post Training in Wellington

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Ikale Tahi post-training competition in Wellington.

‘Ikale Tahi Team to play France

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 The ‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach, ‘Isitolo Maka has selected the following players to play against France this Saturday 1 October 2011 at the Wellington Regional Stadium:

1                    Soane Tonga’uiha

2                    ‘Aleki Lutui

3                    Kisi Pulu

4                    Tukulua Lokotui

5                    Paino Hehea

6                    Sione Kalamafoni

7                    Finau Maka, Captain

8                    Viliami Ma’afu

9                    Taniela Moa

10                Kurt Morath

11                Sukanaivalu Hufanga

12                Andrew Ma’ilei

13                Siale Piutau

14                Viliame ‘Iongi

15                Vungakoto Lilo, Vice Captain


16                Ephraim Taukafa

17                ‘Alisona Taumalolo

18                Halani ‘Aulika

19                Joe Tu’ineau

20                Samiu Vahafolau

21                Thomas Palu

22                ‘Alipate Fatafehi

For Enquiries please contact:

‘Etoni Tonga                                             ‘Aminiasi Kefu

Team Media Manager                          Team Manager

+64275066531                                     +64275066530

Fantastic Welcome by Tongan Community and Supporters in Auckland

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The ‘Ikale Tahi landed safely in Auckland International Airport yesterday Monday 5 September 2011 at around 1.30pm. After clearing Customs and Immigration, the players were then welcomed by a local Maori kapahaka group with the Auckland Mayor Len Brown, and a sea of more than 7,000 strong Tongan supporters wearing red and waving Tongan flags.

Tongan people of all ages filled the welcome area to the brink, and also lined the streets out of the airport causing an hour long traffic jam. Tongan supporters ran and cheered in front of the team bus expressing their elation that the ‘Ikale Tahi had finally arrived in

‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach, ‘Isitolo Maka, said that “The welcome was absolutely extraordinary. It was a
great boost to team spirit and unity. We were not only proud to be part of the ‘Ikale Tahi, but also
proud to be Tongan, and equally humbled.”

The ‘Ikale Tahi also made its way through traffic to the Greenwoods Corner at Epsom where the ASB
Bank manager presented a Tongan flag that was raised above the bank premises with the Tongan
national anthem. Hon Lupepau’u Tuita was the special guest during the ceremony.

This was then followed by a Tongan community welcome at the Methodist Church down the road from Greenwoods Corner, where the church youth performed traditional dances, and a primary school exchanged gifts with the ‘Ikale Tahi. The team was then introduced to Hon Lupepau’u and the crowd, and closed the welcome by performing the Sipi Tau.

This morning the Ikale Tahi will have light training at grounds near the Novotel Hotel at Ellerslie.
The team will then depart the hotel for the Papakura Marae where they will be officially welcomed at
12pm to the Rugby World Cup Tournament and also receive their Tournament caps. The welcoming
ceremony will then be followed by a traditional Maori hangi.

The ‘Ikale Tahi will then conduct its first open public training at around 6pm this evening at Western
Springs Stadium.

‘Etoni Tonga
Team Media Manager
P.O BOX 369, Salote Rd, Fasi moe Afi, Nuku’alofa, Kingdom of TONGA
T: +676 26 045 or 26 044

‘Ikale Tahi Day 23RWC in Wellington

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The team said its farewell in Paihia to Scenic Hotel management & staff then journeyed to Kerikeri airport to board the regional flight to Auckland. Sadly the team said its farewell to Lindsey our most capable & dedicated bus driver who has been with us since our arrival in Auckland and throughout travels in Northland.

The flight to Auckland was on a fine sunny day with minimal air turbulence on a 50 seat aeroplane. Team landed in Auckland airport and were then transported by bus through a security checkand onto the Koru Lounge to relax and where luncheon was provided.

The flight from Auckland to Wellington took just an hour and the team was greeted upon arrival by the Secretary for Tonga High Commission Mr Sateki Ahio, also a Kapa Haka group was there welcome the team on the ground. The team was escorted by security through the terminal to be greeted by gigantic supporters of the Tongan community in Wellington. The Kingdom of Tonga is #1 team in been the most supported team in Rugby World Cup 2011.

After the tremendous welcome at Wellington airport where a youth brass band and dancers entertained the team, the team was then transported to James Cook Hotel at the Terrace (well inside the CBD hub of Wellington) where the team will is accommodated.

In the evening the team was invited to dinner by the Wellington Tongan Community at Wesley Hall where 1,000 supporters were there to welcome the team for dinner and entertainment by the Tongan Youth Brass Band and dancers.

The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by players and management.

The team is indebted to the thousands of Tongan supporters in Auckland, Northland, and Wellington, throughout New Zealand as well as the global support in USA, France, Japan, Australia, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga.

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Official RWC 2011 Team

24. Sione Lamipeti Ngalu TIMANI 19. Alaska Nikolasi TAUFA 11. Viliami Suaesi MA'AFU 25. William Fetu'ufuka Ukumaki Aorere HELU 7. Joseph Mark Laifone TU'INEAU 10. Finau MAKA 14. Samisoni FISILAU 18. Andrew Kautonga MA'ILEI 5. Tukulua 'Atu LOKOTUI 17. Viliame Volavola 'IONGI 1. Soane Longopoa TONGA'UIHA 16. Kurt Stanley MORATH 28. Latu Alipate H. Naqasima FATAFEHI 26. 'Unaloto ki Pulotu Vea TEUTAU a.k.a Taniela MOA 29. 'Aleki 'Aho LUTUI 8. Sione Ma'ake KALAMAFONI 4.  Halani 'AULIKA 2. Faka'anaua ki 'Alisona TAUMALOLO 6. Kelekolio Paino HEHEA 15. Thomas Ta'ufo'ou PALU 23. Siale Vailea PIUTAU