Tonga Rugby League have today named a 20-man squad for the representative Test against Samoa at Centrebet Stadium, Penrith on Saturday.
Head Coach Charles Tonga, along with his assistant Coach Kristian Woolf, has selected an experienced pool of talent from across the National Rugby League competition which will be captained by Brent Kite.
The international fixture will be an important part of Tongaâ€™s overall preparation leading up to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup where they face both Scotland and Italy in Pool C and Cook Islands as a cross over game with Pool D.
â€œWe are really looking forward to this test match leading up to the World Cup,â€ said Head Coach Charles Tonga.
â€œSeeing the likes of Jason Taumalolo, Samsoni Langi, Daniel Foster, and Glen Fisiâ€™iahi, our young talents, and what the future holds for them is exciting for Tonga Rugby League
â€œItâ€™s also good to have our experienced players like Brent Kite, Sika Manu, Fuifui Moimoi and Anthony Tupou coming back to represent our Nation.â€
Additionally, New Zealand Warriors Silivia Havili has been invited to join the week-long camp for development purposes, along with experienced Mate Maâ€™a Tonga player, Etu Uaisele, who last represented Tonga in 2010 against the same opposition and lead the Team in the Tongan war dance, the Sipi Tau.
They will be joined by highly respected local Tongan National Rugby League player Sydney Havea, who will take the experience back to the domestic competition.
â€œThe upcoming Test match is a strategic part of our Tongan teamâ€™s preparation for the World Cup and a win here will definitely boost morale and confidence, not only for the team but also the Tongan people,â€ said President of TRL Australia David Vaka.
â€œSports (Rugby League) is one of those disciplines that has the potential to impact nations whether positively or negatively and it is my hope and desire that this test match will be the beginning of a victorious journey for he Tongan team towards the World Cup.â€
The fixture kicks-off at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 20 at Centrebet Stadium, Penrith and will be preceded by the Under 20â€™s State of Origin match between New South Wales and Queensland (5.30pm KO).
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The entire Tonga squad will enter camp at the Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park at noon on Monday, April 15 (tomorrow).
Richie Faâ€™aoso – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Glen Fisi’ahi – New Zealand Warriors
Mahe Fonua – Melbourne Storm
Daniel Foster – Penrith Panthers
David Hala – Brisbane Broncos
Sydney Havea – Hakame Broncos
Silivia Havili – New Zealand Warriors
Brent Kite – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Samsoni Langi – Sydney Roosters
Siuatonga Likiliki – Newcastle Knights
Sika Manu – Penrith Panthers
Sam Moa – Sydney Roosters
Fuifui Moimoi – Parramatta Eels
Benny Murdoch-Masila – Wests Tigers
Michael Oldfield – Sydney Roosters
Pat Politini – Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Nafe Seluini – Sydney Roosters
Jason Taumalolo – North Queensland Cowboys
Anthony Tupou – Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Etu Uaisele – Wyong Roos
North Queensland Cowboys