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The non 22 players were requested to make several public appearances throughout Whangarei hence the group of 8 players were divided into two teams group 1: Finau Maka, Thomas Palu, William Helu and Alaska Taufa visited:

  • Whangarei Primary School (AM)
  • Kamo Intermediate School (PM)

Group 2: Ephraim Taukafa, Viliami Iongi, Kisi Pulu and Sione Timani visited:

  • Ranburn Homes at Waipu (AM)
  • Pompallier College at Whangarei (PM)

I had joined group 1 in their public appearances. The players were well received by the Whangarei Primary School children with a Kapa Hakaperformance and the player’s responded with a brief speech from William Helu thanking the school for a tremendous welcome by the students.

The players then joined the students in a light rugby drills which everyone enjoyed thoroughly. The players then continued to sign many autographs for the students.

In the afternoon after a brief luncheon the players journeyed onto Kamo Intermediate School and were welcomed by senior class with a Haka, Thomas Palu responded on behalf of the group by thanking the students for their warm welcome. The players progressed onto visitingClass 3 who won the school competition to host Ikale Tahi players for their visitto their school.

The last International team to visit Whangarei was the 1971 British Lions so the Rugby World Cup has brought 3 international teams to Whangarei to play 2 international test matches at Whangarei Event Centre was a historical event for the Whangarei region.

The Tongan team has been adopted by Whangarei as its team because Tonga plays its 2 test matches in Whangarei. Tonga vs Japan will be the last Rugby World Cup 2011 played in Whangarei and there is uncertainty if any future international test matches shall be played in Whangarei.

The whole day was thoroughly enjoyed by the players and their camera man.


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The team returned from Paihia (Scenic Hotel) to Whangarei (Kingsgate Hotel) to prepare for theirPool A,3rd round game Tonga vs Japan on 21st September at Northland Event Centre.

The team trained in the afternoon at the Marist Rugby Football Club field from 1630 until 1800, the whole team trained well with the exception of Finau Maka (bruised ribs) and Thomas Palu (calf strain). Finau looks unlikely to start this game or even make the bench but should return against France.

At 1900 the team announcementfor Tonga vs Japan kick-off at 19:30 (NZST) as follows:

No:                               Position:           Name:
1                                    Prop                   Soane Tongauiha
2                                    Hooker             Aleki Lutui (C)
3                                    Prop                   Taufaao Filise
4                                    Lock                   Tukulua Lokotui
5                                    Lock                   Paino Hehea
6                                    Flanker             Sione Kalamafoni
7                                    Flanker             Sione Vaiomounga
8                                    Number 8        Viliami Maafu
9                                    Halfback           Taniela Moa
10                                 First five           Kurt Morath
11                                  Wing                   Sukanaivalu Hufanga
12                                 Second five     Alipate Fatafehi
13                                 Centre               Siale Piutau
14                                 Wing                  Fetuu Vainikolo
15                                 Fullback           Vungakoto Lilo (VC)
16                                 Reserve            Ilaisia Maasi
17                                 Reserve            Alisona Taumalolo
18                                 Reserve            Halani Aulika
19                                 Reserve            Joseph Tuineau
20                                Reserve            Samiu Vahafolau
21                                 Reserve            Samisoni Fisilau
22                                 Reserve           Andrew Mailei

With both teams winless after two rounds in Pool A. Both teams are eager to register their first win in the tournament.

Isitolo Maka and his selection panel have kept their faith with the in-form players that have performed well against New Zealand and Canada. Tonga will have to play 80 minutes of Rugby to beat Japan come Wednesday night.



‘Etoni Tonga – Team Media Manager – Mobile: 0275066531


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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


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

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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.

‘Ikale Tahi Team for the Rugby World Cup 2011

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The Tonga Rugby Union Authority is pleased to announce today the Tonga ‘Ikale Tahi Team to represent the Kingdom of Tonga to the Rugby World Cup 2011 to be held in New Zealand.

The team is as follows:

1                   ‘Aleki ‘Aho Lutui
2                   Ephraim Taukafa
3                   ‘Aloisio ‘IlaisiaMa’asi
4                   Faka’anau ki ‘Alisona Taumalolo
5                   Kisi Pulu
6                   Soane LongopoaTonga’uiha
7                   Halani ‘Aulika
8                   Taufa’aoFilise
9                   Kelekolio PainoHehea
10                Sione LamipetiNgaluTimani
11                Tukulua‘Atu Lokotui
12                Joseph Mark LaifoneTu’ineau
13                Sione Ma’akeKalamafoni
14                Finau Maka, (Captain)
15                Viliami Suaesi Ma’afu
16                SamiuKaufusi Vahafolau
17                Sione Fale ki he FoheVaiomo’unga
18                ‘Unaloto ki Pulotu Vea Teutaua.k.aTaniela Moa
19                Thomas Ta’ufo’ou Palu
20                SamisoniFisilau
21                Kurt Stanley Morath
22                Siale VaileaPiutau
23                Latu ‘Alipate H Naqasima Fatafehi
24                Andrew KautongaMa’ilei
25                SukanaivaluIkavukaHufanga
26                William Fetu’ufukaUkumakiAorereHelu
27                Fetu’umoanaVainikolo
28                Alaska NikolasiTaufa
29                ViliameVolovola ‘Iongi
30                VungakotoFilimoneLilo(Vice Captain)

Management Team:

31                ‘Isitolo Maka, Head Coach
32                Siua Taumalolo, Assistant Coach (Backs)
33                Rodger SiaosiToutai Kefu, Assistant Coach (Forwards)
34                John Gregory McKee, Technical Advisor
35                Christopher John LowrieBoyd, Skills and Defensive Coach
36                Daniel Michael Cron, Scrum Coach
37                Matthew Ross Blair, Strength & Conditioner
38                DrFaka’osiFolauPifeleti, Team Doctor
39                Leevan Santos, Physiotherapist
40                Alioth Sinclair Helu, Massage Therapist
41                ‘Asipeli ‘Aminiasi Kefu, Team Manager
42                ‘EtonisiaTongafaleolaTonga, Team Media Manager
43                Sione TupoumalohiLatu, Baggage Handler
44                Semisi Ian Reginald Fonua, Accredited Official
45                Rev. Tevita ‘AhoafiLatailakepa, Accredited Official

The ‘Ikale Tahi will depart for the Rugby World Cup in the morning of Monday 5 September 2011.

The ‘Ikale Tahi is currently training every morning and afternoon at the field of the Sia’atoutai Theological College for this week only.

In the evening of Sunday 28 August 2011, there will be a combined prayer service at the FWC Centenary Church led by the Church leaders as a dedicated service for the ‘Ikale Tahi in preparation for the Rugby World Cup tournament.

From Monday 29 September the team will then go into camp and will be training at the Soccer Centre at Loto Tonga, Veitongo.

The Churches will be visiting the team every evening up to Sunday 4 September to provide a prayer service for the team, and offer any assistance they would want to make for the ‘Ikale Tahi.

The Board of Directors and the Coaches and Team would like to thank all the people in Tonga and around the world for their prayers and support, and hope this continues throughout and up to the end of the Rugby World Cup campaign.

‘Aminiasi Kefu

Deputy Chairman

23 August 2011

For any further inquiries, contact:

Mr ‘Aminiasi Kefu
Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors
Salote Road, Fasimoeafi
Telephone: (676) 26 044 (Office) / (676) 7715314

50 Players for ‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach

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Wednesday 20 April 2011

50 Players for ‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach

A squad of fifty (50) players was today announced by ‘Isitolo Maka, ‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach as part of the ‘Ikale Tahi preparation in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2011.

The 50 is a mixture of local and overseas based players with opportunities to perform at the Churchill Cup, the IRB Pacific Nations Cup and the 2 test matches against Fiji.

1.  Soane Tonga’uiha

2.  Alisona Taumalolo

3.  Kisi Pulu

4.  Tonga Lea’aetoa

5.  Halani ‘Aulika

6.  Maleko Latu

7.  Tukulua Lokotui

8.  Sitaleki Timani

9.  ‘Emosi Kauhenga

10.  Lisiate Fa’aoso

11.  Paino Hehea

12.  Joe Tu’ineau
13.  Sione Kalamafoni

14.Sitiveni O. Mafi

15.  Josh Afu

16.  Samiu Vahafolau

17.  Finau Maka

18.  Viliami Ma’afu

19.  Sione Timani

20.  Ifalemi Taukafa

21.  Antonio Halangahu

22.  Semisi Telefoni

23.  Ilaisa Ma’asi

24.  Pepa Koloamatangi

25.  Samisoni Fisilau

26.  Daniel Morath

27.  Etimoni Paea

28.  Tomasi Palu

29.  Soane Havea

30.  Kurt Morath

31.  Paula Kaho

32.  Tevita Ula

33.  Viliami Iongi

34.  Mafile’o Kefu

35.  Andrew Ma’ilei

36.  Tomasi Sili

37.  Alipate Fatafehi

38.  Alaska Taufa

39.  Viliami Helu

40.  Atieli Pakalani

41.  Tevita Halaifonua

42.  Mateo Malupo

43.  Vunagkoto Lilo

44.  Cooper Vuna

45.  Siale Piutau

46.  Hudson Tonga’uiha

47.  Silivenusi Taumoepeau

48.  Taufa’ao Filise

49.  Sione Fonua

50.  Pasuka Mapakaitolo

At the conclusion of Churchill Cup, a final squad is required to be submitted to Rugby World Cup.

The final Rugby World Cup team of 30 players has to be named by the 22nd August 2011. With the representative program for the ‘Ikale Tahi in June, July and August, each of the players named above will have every opportunity to press for selection in the final 30.


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‘Isitolo Maka & Toutai Kefu in Europe

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Media Release                                                                                    Friday 29th April 2011

Maka & Kefu in Europe

‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach ‘Isitolo Maka and newly appointed skills coach Toutai Kefu arrived in London today on a ten day whirlwind journey of France and the United Kingdom.

Whilst there they will meet up with Tonga’s European based National rugby players and also officials of clubs they play for, on a pre-Rugby World Cup briefing of players and fact finding mission.

Late this afternoon ‘Isitolo and Toutai will catch a flight to Bordeaux, France to start the French leg of their journey. From Bordeaux they will travel to Agen, Perpignan, Aix-en- Provence, Toulon and Lyon before heading back to the United Kingdom next Thursday evening to Manchester and London.

“Emails and phone calls are one thing but they can’t beat face to face meetings on such an important matter as Rugby World Cup preparations,” TRUA Chairman Bob Tuckey said.  “Most importantly the coaches will take the opportunity to discuss with the players’ clubs the ‘Ikale Tahi timetable for tournament and camp assemblies and check on the players’ injury profile and conditioning programmes.”

‘Isitolo will travel direct from London to New Zealand where he will spend a number of days catching up with some of the New Zealand based players for the same purpose, before returning to Tonga.

The Southern Hemisphere contingent for the Churchill Cup will leave Tonga for London on the 1st June 2011 as assembly in London is on the 3rd June.  Following the Churchill Cup, the ‘Ikale Tahi will participate in the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC), now scheduled to be held in Fiji.  The change in venue was due to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the north-east coast of Japan on March 11. The PNC will be held in Fiji from the 2-13 July between Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and Japan.



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Official RWC 2011 Team

1. Soane Longopoa TONGA'UIHA 26. 'Unaloto ki Pulotu Vea TEUTAU a.k.a Taniela MOA 14. Samisoni FISILAU 30. Taufa'ao FILISE 4.  Halani 'AULIKA 27. Fetu'umoana VAINIKOLO 9. Samiu Kaufusi VAHAFOLAU 28. Latu Alipate H. Naqasima FATAFEHI 29. 'Aleki 'Aho LUTUI 7. Joseph Mark Laifone TU'INEAU 6. Kelekolio Paino HEHEA 23. Siale Vailea PIUTAU 8. Sione Ma'ake KALAMAFONI 10. Finau MAKA 12. Ephraim TAUKAFA 20. Sukanaivalu Ikavuka HUFANGA 16. Kurt Stanley MORATH 17. Viliame Volavola 'IONGI 2. Faka'anaua ki 'Alisona TAUMALOLO 24. Sione Lamipeti Ngalu TIMANI 15. Thomas Ta'ufo'ou PALU