23rd October 04:25 PM
Tonga names impressive squad for Rugby League World Cup
By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Thursday 05/10/2017
NRL star forwards Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita

NRL star forwards Andrew Fifita and Jason Taumalolo headline an impressive 24‑man Tongan squad named for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

The addition of the representative middle men boosts an already impressive squad, with all 24 men either currently playing in the NRL or with previous NRL experience.

Michael Jennings, Daniel Tupou, David Fusitu’a, Will Hopoate, Konrad Hurrell, Solomone Kata, Mahe Fonua and Manu Vatuvei will fight for places across the backline, while Sika Manu and Sam Moa will complement the go‑forward that Taumalolo and Fifita provides.

Tonga will start their campaign against Scotland in Cairns before travelling to Hamilton to face fierce rivals Samoa and New Zealand in successive weeks.

Tonga 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad:

Andrew Fifita

Mahe Fonua

David Fusitu'a

Siliva Havilli

Ata Hingano

Will Hopoate

Konrad Hurrell

Michael Jennings

Solomone Kata

Sione Katoa

Samisoni Langi

Tuimoala Lolohea

Sika Manu

Manu Ma'u

Sam Moa

Ben Murdoch Masila

Joe Ofahengaue

Tevita Pangai Jnr

Ukuma Ta'ai

Sio Siua Taukieaho

Jason Taumalolo

Peni Terepo

Daniel Tupou

Manu Vatuvei

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