Rugby. Ex-All Blacks, a banned Wallaby … This group is very hot from Tonga

Israel Sailau will be wearing a Tongan shirt this summer. (© Icon Sports)

As expected after a recent change in the rules regarding selection by World Rugby, some international experts from Tonga have been invited along with Ikale Tahi, the national team of the company. Tonga led by Wallabies number 8 Toutai Kefu, coach since 2016.

Fekitoa, Piutau, Folau and Pulu

So we have big names in world football, like the first All Blacks Malachi Fekitoa (30 years; 24 votes), passed away by Toulon, central Bristol Charles Piutau (17 captains with All Blacks) and half scrum Augustine Pulu (32 years; 2 choices), and the first Wallaby Israel Sailing (33 years; 73 elections with Australia).

There is one before New Zealand in XIII Solomon Kata, who played for Tonga. There are many talents beyond the traditional Tongan talents such as the UBB pillar, Ben Tameifunathe center of Perpignan, Afusipa Taumohidehalf of Agen, Sonatane Takuluaor the second line of Grenoble, Tanginoa Halaifonua.

The Tongan team are very good at competing in the World Cup.
The Tongan team are very good at competing in the World Cup. (© Tonga Rugby Union)

The Tongan group:

Pillars: Sigfried Fisi’ihoi, Tau Kolomatangi and David Lolohea
Hookers: Samuel Moli, Siua Maile and Jay Fonokalafi
Back row: Tanginoa Halaifonua, Viliami Taulani, Lotu Inisi, Solomone Funaki and Sione Tu’ipulotu
The three lines: Samuela Lousi, Halaleva Fifita and Veikoso Poloniati
Scrum-half: Sonatane Takulua, Augustine Pulu, and Manu Paea
Fly-halves: William Havili and James Faiva
Centers: Malakai Fekitoa, Afusipa Taumoepeau, Fetuli Paea and Fine Inisi
Wing-backs: Solomone Kata, Salesi Piutau, Tima Faingaanuku, Israel Sailau and Anzelo Tuitavuki

Coleman is no longer there, but Australia -banned Folau is there

On the other hand, this list does not include the second line of the Australian world Adamu Coleman (30 years; 38 votes with Wallabies). Although Toutai Kefu is close, as reported, Coleman will not be allowed for Tonga until October 2022, a year before the World Cup in France, when his last hat -trick with Australia is since October. 2019 and you have to wait 3 years. .

Israel Folau’s visit to Tonga, as Toutai Kefu put it, “will bring a great deal of knowledge” is the subject of much discussion. In fact, the sulfurous latter who traveled with the Catalan Dragons and is playing in Japan with NTT Communications, saw his deal terminated with the Australian federation after homophobic remarks and frequent headlines for his comments. debate. He will play his first World Cup in the XV since 2018. Tonga will face the Samoa over two games on July 10 and 17 in New Zealand, with the winner securing their ticket for the 2023 World Cup.

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