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Five new caps to start for Ikale Tahi this weekend

IKale Lahi preparing for the weekend clash against the French. Photo: TRU

NUKU’ALOFA – November 9, 2018: 12.36am (Nuku’alofa Times): Head coach Toutai Kefu has named five new caps in the run on team and the reserves to face the French Barbarians in Bordeaux this weekend.

The ‘Ikale Tahi team to face the French Barbarians on 10 November in Bordeaux, France, was announced this morning, by the team management at an online press conference, with coach, Kefu, Captain Siale Piutau and team manager Lano Fonua.

New caps are Ma’afu Fia, Sam ‘Ulufonua, ‘Otutolu Fahamokioa, Latu Va’eno and Zane Kapeli.

Veteran fullback Vungakoto Lilo  returns to the ‘Ikale Tahi lineup, having last played for Tonga at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Flyhalf Kurt Morath continues his role as flyhalf since his return to the ‘Ikale Tahi earlier this year.

The Tongan team to play the French Babaas: 1. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi (Stade Francais), 2. Paula Ngauamo (Agen), 3. Ma’afu Fia (Ospreys), 4. Sam ‘Ulufonua (Hawkes Bay), 5. Leva Fifita (Grenoble), 6. Dan Faleafa (Coventry), 7. Fotu Lokotui (Counties Manukau), 8. Sione Vailanu (Saracens), 9. Sonatane Takulua (Newcastle Falcons), 10. Kurt Morath (Doncaster), 11. Daniel Kilioni (Grenoble), 12. Siale Piutau (Bristol), 13. Alaska Taufa (FC Grenoble), 14. Viliami Lolohea (Tasman), 15. Vungakoto Lilo (US Montauban).

Reserves:
16. Sefo Sakalia (Marist)
17. ‘Otutolu Fahamokioa (Tawa RFC)
18. Ben Tameifuna (Racing 92)
19. Valentino Mapapalangi (Leicester Tigers)
20. Zane Kapeli (Hamilton Marist)
21. Leon Fukofuka (Auckland)
22. Latiume Fosita (Counties Manukau)
23. Latu Va’eno (Taranaki).






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