‘Ikale Tahi for the Churchill Cup, 3-19 June 2011

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Media Release                                                                                                Friday 15 April 2011

‘Ikale Tahi for the Churchill Cup

‘Isitolo Maka, Head Coach of the ‘Ikale Tahi, today released the names of the twenty eight players who will make up the National team to contest the Churchill Cup being held in the United Kingdom during June.

This is the first time Tonga or any other Pacific Island team has been invited into this tournament which traditionally is comprised of Northern Hemisphere teams.

The Churchill Cup tournament is contested in two pools of three teams. Tonga has the USA and England Saxons in its pool whilst the second pool is made up of Canada, Russia and Italy A.  After the pool phase, first, second and third in each pool then play off for the Cup, Bowl and Plate.

‘Isitolo Maka said that he and his co-selectors have identified a wider squad of fifty players for consideration for the Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand later in the year and that the twenty eight selected for this tour were drawn from that squad. “Those players not included in this team will get their chance in July when the ‘Ikale Tahi contests the IRB Pacific Nations Cup”.

“With the Churchill Cup, the Pacific Nations Cup and two Test matches against Fiji during August we will have a very good lead in to the World Cup and the fifty players in the squad will have every opportunity to press their claims for selection in the final RWC  team of thirty players” Isitolo said

The team will assemble in London on Friday, 3rd June 2011.

Position First name Last name Country Village
Prop Kisi Pulu (captain) France Leimatu’a
  Tonga Lea’aetoa France Talafo’ou
  Maleko Latu Tonga Tokomololo
  Taufa’ao Filise Wales Malapo/Fo’ui
Hooker Ilaisa Ma’asi New Zealand Halaleva
  Atonio Halangahu Australia Ha’alaufuli
  Semisi Telefoni France Holopeka, HAP
Locks Steven Mafi England Ahau
  Josh Afu England Masilamea
  Emosi Kauhenga Japan Folaha
Loose/F Pasuka Mapakaitolo Japan Vaini/Kolofo’ou
  Pepa Koloamatangi New Zealand Pangaimotu, VAV
  Tevita Ula Tonga Kameli/Fasi
  Paula Kaho Australia Matahau, Vaotu’u, Nukunuku, Neiafu
No.8 Viliami Ma’afu Japan Kolovai/Longolongo
  Sione Timani Wales Navutoka
Halfback Soane Havea Tonga Ma’ufanga
  Daniel Morath New Zealand Leimatu’a
First 5/8 Kurt Morath (V/captain) Australia Leimatu’a
  Tevita Halaifonua Tonga Houma, VAV, Kolomotu’a
Inside Tomasi Sili Tonga Haveluliku
  Silivenusi Kauhea Taumoepeau Japan Kolofo’ou
Centre Alipate Fatafehi France Nadroga, Fisi
  Hudson Tonga’uiha England Vaini
Wing Viliami Helu New Zealand Fasi, Wellington, NZ
  Viliami Iongi Australia Ha’akame
  Sione Fonua New Zealand Ha’ateiho
Fullback Mateo Malupo Tonga Isileli, Sopu

 

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Official RWC 2011 Team

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