Tonga Under 20s to IRB Junior Rugby World Championship, Italy

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Jul
28

The Tonga Under 20s Coach, BenhurKivalu, along with the selection panel have announced the squad to travel to Italy for the IRB Junior World Championship to be held from the 10th to the 26th June 2011.

Prior to departing for Italy, the squad will also pick up the remainder of the team for a full strength contingent, in Auckland, New Zealand.  The team will be in New Zealand for a week and will play a warm up game against the New Zealand National Under 20swho will also be at Junior Rugby World Championship in Italy.  The game will be on Thursday 2nd of June 2011, 3 pm at East Coast Bays Rugby Club, North Shore.

“We are looking forward to our games in Italy.  The boys have been physically and mentally prepared for the clash.  We are in the same pool with Australia, France and Fiji, not to mention the other eight countries vying for the title this year,” says BenhurKivalu, Under 20 Coach.  “We have boys who have been in the national 7s team as well as the Licensed Training Centre and other age grade competitions, so we expect higher standards of them and the experience to perform in the international arena.”

The Tonga Under 20s team departs for New Zealand on 30th May and onwards to Italy on the 5th June.  The team will arrive back in the Kingdom on the 30th June 2011.

The Tonga Under 20 National Squad:

  1. Elisi Pulu
  2. GafatasiSu’a
  3. ‘Ofa Tu’ungafasi
  4. NehumiFihiVanisi
  5. Loni Toumohuni
  6. ‘Ofa he Lotu Finau
  7. Motekiai Lyndon John Faeamani
  8. LautaimiFetuani
  9. SefoOlivetiMa’ake
  10. MesuilameMahe’uli’uliSimote Vea
  11. Siale Tonga Talakai
  12. Pita Ahki
  13. MalakaiFekitoa
  14. OtuleaKatoa
  15. SamiuelaVaka
  16. SosefoSakalia
  17. Sione Tupou Frank Koloamatangi
  18. Sam Finau
  19. Matthew Howling
  20. Lose o Makahokovalu Tukufuka
  21. TongatoutaiPaletu’aAfu
  22. Junior Ngaluafe
  23. SioeliFakapuliaVeamatahau
  24. MaamaloaTaufa
  25. Talimasiva I Makatolo a HaukinimaSili
  26. SolomoneKioa

Officials

  1. Lt. Commander Sione Lino – U20 Manager
  2. BenhurKivalu – U20 Coach
  3. SolomoneLemoto – U20 Assistant Coach
  4. Semisi Fonua – U20 Trainer
  5. Dr. Tevita Vakasiuola, U20 Team Doctor
  6. Chloe Priest, Physiotherapist

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Official RWC 2011 Team

28. Latu Alipate H. Naqasima FATAFEHI 9. Samiu Kaufusi VAHAFOLAU 6. Kelekolio Paino HEHEA 21. Sione Fale ki he Fohe VAIOMO'UNGA 26. 'Unaloto ki Pulotu Vea TEUTAU a.k.a Taniela MOA 22. Vungakoto Filimone LILO 18. Andrew Kautonga MA'ILEI 15. Thomas Ta'ufo'ou PALU 3. Kisi PULU 23. Siale Vailea PIUTAU 20. Sukanaivalu Ikavuka HUFANGA 8. Sione Ma'ake KALAMAFONI 12. Ephraim TAUKAFA 14. Samisoni FISILAU 10. Finau MAKA 1. Soane Longopoa TONGA'UIHA 25. William Fetu'ufuka Ukumaki Aorere HELU 24. Sione Lamipeti Ngalu TIMANI 2. Faka'anaua ki 'Alisona TAUMALOLO 5. Tukulua 'Atu LOKOTUI 27. Fetu'umoana VAINIKOLO