Pacific Nations Cup: Injuries force changes to ‘Ikale Tahi line up

Tonga's Nasi Manu. Picture: RNZ Pacific/Vinnie Wylie

SUVA – Tonga’s head coach Toutai Kefu has been forced to make two injury-related changes to the squad for Saturday’s Pacific Nations Cup match against the Georgians in Fiji.

Flyhalf George Taina is replaced by utility back James Faiva, from the Tonga A.

Hooker Sione Lea is replaced by Prop Ben Tameifuna from Racing 92.

The changes came after Kefu announced his Ikale Tahi 30 man squad on May 21.

TRU said this tournament is a key preparation step towards the World Cup in 2019.

Siale Piutau will captain the side with the six uncapped players selected for the campaign.

Four new staff also join the team, among them former All Black Pita Alatini joins as Assistant Coach and former ‘Ikale Tahi captain ‘Inoke Afeaki joins the staff as Team Manager for the tour and will be assisted by Tony Alatini.

‘Ikale Tahi lineup to play Georgia on Saturday:

  1. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi (Stade Francais) – Falaleu and ‘Utui (Vava’u)
  2. Paula Ngauamo (Agen)
  3. David Lolohea (West Harbour Pirates) – Ha’asini
  4. Leva Fifita (Waikato) – Neiafu
  5. Joe Tu’ineau (DAX) – Fasi Mo e Afi
  6. Dan Falefa, (US Colomiers) – Kolomotu’a and Kolovai
  7. Fotu Lokotui (Countries Manukau) – Longoteme
  8. Nasi Manu (Treviso) – Vaini and Ha’ateiho
  9. Sonatane Takulua (Newcastle Falcons) – Lapaha, Ma’ufanga and Niuatoputapu
  10. Kurt Morath (Utah Warriors) – Leimatu’a
  11. Penikolo Latu (Waikato University) – Mataika
  12. Siale Piutau (Bristol Bears) – Kolofo’ou and Folaha
  13. Nafi Tu’itavake (Northampton Saints) – Kolomotu’a and Malapo
  14. David Halaifonua (Gloucester) – Fatumu, Tukulalo and Houma
  15. Sione Fifita (Counties Manukau) – Hihifo
  16. Sefo Sakalia (Rugby Steaua) – Ma’ufanga and Nomuka
  17. David Fe’ao (Narbonne) – Kolovai
  18. Ben Tameifuna (Racing 92) – Pea
  19. Valentino Mapapalangi (Leicester Tigers) – Holonga and Ha’alalo
  20. Mike Faleafa (Perpignan) – Kolomotu’a and Kolovai
  21. Suke Tu’umoto’oa (NEC Green Rockets) – Houma
  22. Latiume Fosita (Counties Manukau) – Haveluloto and Felemea
  23. Viliami Lolohea (Tasman) – Navutoka and Niuatoputapu

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