Tongan World Cup Squad Announced

Discussion in 'Rugby World Cup 2007' started by T.Rugby, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. T.Rugby

    T.Rugby Guest

    The 'Ikale Tahi 40-man Squad

    Props
    1. Toma Toke, Tonga
    2. Mosese Moala, France
    3. Taufa'ao Filise, England
    4. Tevita Taumoepeau, England
    5. Soane Tonga'uiha, England
    6. Sateki Mata�u, Tonga

    Hookers
    7. Ephraim Taukafa, England
    8. 'Aleki Lutui, England
    9. Feki Moala, Tonga

    Locks
    10. Paino Hehea, France
    11. 'Inoke Afeaki, France
    12. Lisiate Fa'aoso, New Zealand
    13. Sione Kalamafoni, Tonga
    14. �Emosi Kauhenga, Japan

    Flankers
    15. 'Otenili Langilangi [aka Nili Latu], New Zealand
    16. Hale Pole, New Zealand
    17. Finau Maka, France
    18. Viliami Vaki, France
    19. Chris Hala�ufia, England

    No. 8s
    20. Samiu Vahafolau, France
    21. Lotu Filipine, Japan

    Halfbacks
    22. Soane Havea, Tonga
    23. 'Enele Taufa, Tonga
    24. Sikuti Vunipola, Australia

    Flyhalf
    25. Pierre Hola, Japan
    26. Fangatapu 'Apikotoa, Tonga
    27. Tevita Tu�ifua, New Zealand
    28. Movete 'Oto'ota, Tonga

    Inside Centres
    29. 'Epeli Taione, Australia
    30. Kaiongo Tupou, Tonga

    Centres
    31. Hudson Tonga'uiha, Tonga
    32. Suka Hufanga, France
    33. Siua Taumalolo, Engaland

    Wingers
    34. Sam Satui, Australia
    35. Ualosi Kailea, Tonga
    36. Seti Kiole, New Zealand
    37. 'Aisea Havili [aka Aisea Kaufusi], England
    38. Viliami Hakalo, France

    Fullbacks
    39. Vunga Lilo, Tonga
    40. Sione Tu'ipulotu, Japan



    The 'Ikale Tahi 30-man team for the 2007 Rugby World Cup will be confirmed within the next few days, and the remaining 10 players will remain in Tonga as reserve players in case of injuries.


    Man, that is an impressive squad of 40, some big names in there and its great to see some old names coming back Paino Hehea, it saddens me to see that Ma'ama molitika will not be in the world cup as he has recently signed again for cardiff blues



    My Starting 22



    1. Soane Tonga'uiha

    2. Ephraim Taukafa

    3. Mosese Moala

    4. Inoke Afeaki ©

    5. Paino Hehea

    6. Hale T-Pole

    7. Nili Latu

    8. Chris Hala'ufia

    9. Soane Havea

    10. Pierre Hola

    11. Villiami Hakolo

    12. Siua Taumalolo

    13. Sukanaivalu Hufanga

    14. Aisea Kaufusi

    15. Sione Tu'ipulotu



    16. Aleki Lutui

    17. Tevita Taumoepeau

    18. Lisiate Fa'aoso

    19. Villiami Vaki

    20. Sikuti Vunipola

    21. Fangatapu 'Apikotoa

    22. Epi Taione




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  3. Fa'atau82

    Fa'atau82 Guest

    I was trying to think who was missing, and i came up with Tevita Vaikona (saracens departee) Maa'ma Molitika. Does Taione play flanker as well.. i seem to recall it from somewhere.

    Where is Vaikona at?
     
  4. ws4life

    ws4life Guest

    WOW What an impressive list of players to choose from. Very strong in the forwards, Particularly the Loosies (pretty world class 2 me). Should be very Competetive against the USA and Samoa and who knows maybe an upset against England maybe on the cards . My squad is in bold. :cheers:

    Props
    1. Toma Toke, Tonga
    2. Mosese Moala, France
    3. Taufa'ao Filise, England
    4. Tevita Taumoepeau, England
    5. Soane Tonga'uiha, England
    6. Sateki Mata'u, Tonga

    Hookers
    7. Ephraim Taukafa, England
    8. 'Aleki Lutui, England
    9. Feki Moala, Tonga

    Locks
    10. Paino Hehea, France
    11. 'Inoke Afeaki, France
    12. Lisiate Fa'aoso, New Zealand
    13. Sione Kalamafoni, Tonga
    14. 'Emosi Kauhenga, Japan

    Flankers
    15. 'Otenili Langilangi [aka Nili Latu], New Zealand
    16. Hale T-Pole, New Zealand
    17. Finau Maka, France
    18. Viliami Vaki, France
    19. Chris Hala'ufia, England

    No. 8s
    20. Samiu Vahafolau, France
    21. Lotu Filipine, Japan

    Halfbacks
    22. Soane Havea, Tonga
    23. Enele Taufa, Tonga
    24. Sikuti Vunipola, Australia

    Flyhalf
    25. Pierre Hola, Japan
    26. Fangatapu 'Apikotoa, Tonga
    27. Tevita Tu'ifua, New Zealand
    28. Movete 'Oto'ota, Tonga

    Inside Centres
    29. 'Epeli Taione, Australia
    30. Kaiongo Tupou, Tonga

    Centres
    31. Hudson Tonga'uiha, Tonga
    32. Suka Hufanga, France
    33. Siua Taumalolo, Engaland

    Wingers
    34. Sam Satui, Australia
    35. Ualosi Kailea, Tonga
    36. Seti Kiole, New Zealand
    37. 'Aisea Havili [aka Aisea Kaufusi], England
    38. Viliami Hakalo, France

    Fullbacks
    39. Vunga Lilo, Tonga
    40. Sione Tu'ipulotu, Japan



    My team
    1. Taufa'ao Filise
    2. 'Aleki Lutui
    3. Tevita Taumoepeau
    4. Paino Hehea
    5. Inoke Afeaki
    6. Hale T-Pole
    7. 'Otenili Langilangi
    8. Finau Maka
    9. Soane Havea
    10. Pierre Hola
    11. Seti Kiole
    12. Epi Taione
    13. Suka Hufanga
    14. Aisea Kaufusi
    15. Sione Tu'ipulotu
    16. Ephraim Taukafa
    17. Soane Tongaui'ha
    18. Sione Kalamafoni
    19. Samiu Vahafolau
    20. Sikuti Vunipola
    21. Siua Taumalolo
    22. Tevita Tu'ifua
     
  5. ws4life

    ws4life Guest

  6. T.Rugby

    T.Rugby Guest



    thats a crazy jersey, cheerz for the link man defs gonna buy me one of dem....haha i htought tonga would have some crappy second hand jersey looks like Kooga has done a swt job :D .....
     
  7. philhirons

    philhirons Guest

    Another saints substitute missing for a while then .... not that we ever use tiny anyway , but would have been nice to see him run at some semi pro forwards of esher :)
     
  8. T.Rugby

    T.Rugby Guest



    Ma'ama Molitika

    Villiame Ma'asi have both recently signed for clubs molitika to the cardiff blues and ma'asi for leeds....



    Vaikona travelled to tonga to trial but did not make the squad, which is a real surprise the ikale tahi selectors must see something really special in the wingers they have chosen?....i dont know anything about sam satui other than he was in the australian 2005 schoolboys i think



    Taione does play flanker, but he has the speed to play centres but for his ex clubs sale and newcastle he use to play in the backrow
     
  9. dzha061

    dzha061 Guest

    personally i dont think this squad is strong enough sure you have som european based players but i dont think tonga will go very far in the world cup
    but i wont doubt therr effort tho
     
  10. kinu

    kinu Guest

    You don't want Viliani Vaki in your team ?? He did 2 great seasons in France, with Perpignan !!!!! A GREAT PLAYER !!!
     
  11. big_dave_07

    big_dave_07 Guest

    Can't believe vaikona not included and i think vainikolo went down as well but obviously not really experienced enough to be thrown in for the world cup maybe the next one though
     
  12. Fa'atau82

    Fa'atau82 Guest

    Tonga is a tiny, tiny country. They only have a population of around 100,000, and approximately 1,000 players to choose from.

    Then you look at players who have emerged from Tonga, like Jonah Lomu, and all the said Tongans playing at top level in Europe and NZ (Hale T-Pole, Nili Latu etc) and you probably have the world's most raw talented rugby country on the percentage of players who become solid pros in the top pro leagues.

    Tonga won't be humilated. They might lose by 60 points perhaps, but they do well to get to the RWC and can only get better.
     
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