Tonga A Team Ready for 2012 IRB Pacific Rugby Cup

February 14, 2012 - 1:37pm

Tonga RUA Media Release : 14 February 2012

The Head Coach for Tonga, ‘Isitolo Maka has selected a 30 man squad as the Tonga A team for the IRB Pacific Rugby Cup (PRC) tournament for 2012.

This morning the Tonga A will depart for Sydney, Australia to start the Australia leg of the 2012 PRC tournament. A total of seven games will be held during this tour. Four games will be played in Australia against the development teams of the Australian Super Rugby franchises. Tonga A will then travel to New Zealand to play three games against three of the development sides of the New Zealand Super Rugby franchises. The Tonga A team will then return to Tonga on the 20th of March 2012.

The team consists of the crème de la crème of the local rugby players. The 2012 Tonga A team will be led by the young talented back rower from Fasi Ma’ufanga, Finau Tupa, and is supported by former ‘Ikale Tahi players Tevita Ula, ‘Akameta Fe’ao, Samisoni Masima, Maleko Latu, Kelepi Halafihi, and veteran ‘Osaiasi Lotu Filipine.

The last leg of the 2012 PRC competition will be played around October 2012, where Tonga A, Samoa A and the Fiji Warriors will play each other to determine the championship of the 2012 PRC.

The 30 man squad for the PRC is:

1. Hosea Saumaki Toloa
2. Uluakimano Filimohe Havelu
3. Soane Leger Kolofo’ou
4. Sione Aho Spartans
5. Tevita Ula FasiMa’ufanga
6. Sakalia Sili Marist
7. Mataiasi Aholelei Toloa
8. Isileli Hufanga Toloa
9. Otulea Fifita Spartans
10. Taukolonga Tava Toa ko Ma’afu
11. Makasini Lutua Fatumu
12. Viliami Pola Toloa
13. Alovili Ahofono Marist
14. Mohetau Kolotau TDS
15. Vainanuma Manu Marist
16. Akameta Feao Toloa
17. Finau Tupa Fasi Ma’ufanga
18. Mahe Fangupo Havelu
19. Petelo Tupou Marist
20. Samisoni Masima Sila Pelu Ua
21. Mahe Paseka Toloa
22. Sosefo Fahiua Toa Ko Ma’afu
23. Osaiasi Filipine Te’ekiu
24. Usaia Kalamafoni Sila Pelu Ua
25. Kelepi Halafihi Spartans
26. Kilifi Latu Spartans
27. Samiuela Vea Vaini
28. Maleko Latu Marist
29. Soane Lakalaka Marist
30. Otulea Katoa Spartans

The Management team includes ‘Isitolo Maka (Tonga A Head Coach), John McKee (Technical Adviser) and Semisi Fonua (Team Manager).

Game Schedule

Australia Series

Friday 17th February 2012
Tonga A vs. Waratahs

Sunday 26th February 2012
Tonga A vs. Junior Waratahs

Thursday 1st March 2012
Tonga A vs. Queensland A

Sunday 4th March 2012
Tonga A vs. Brumby Runners

New Zealand Series

Friday 9th March 2012
Tonga A vs. Blues Development

Thursday 15th March 2012
Tonga A vs. Crusaders Knights

Monday 19th March 2012
Tonga A vs. Highlanders Development.

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Contact:
Lupe Vaka’uta
Tel: +676 26-045
Fax: +676 26-044
Mob: +676 7748770
Email: lupe.vakauta@tongarugbyunion.tbu.to