Powerhouse Tonga Invitational XIII named for Oceania Cup and GB RL Lions Tour

10th October 2019, 07:33

Jason Taumalolo, Andrew Fifita, David Fusitu'a, William Hopoate and Daniel Tupou headline a full-strength Tonga Invitational XIII squad for upcoming matches against Australia and Great Britain.

Coached by Kristian Woolf, the Tonga squad contains 17 players who featured at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

"I'm excited to be getting back into camp with my teammates now we have certainty that we will be playing these two Test matches," Taumalolo said.

"The best possible team will be taking the field and we know our match against Great Britain in Hamilton will be incredibly competitive. Then we get the chance to have another go at Australia in Auckland during the Triple Header on November 2.

"We are pumped and focused on these two major games and have plenty of motivation to play our best.

"So I just want to say to our Tongan fans - thank you for sticking by us. We love you and can't wait to put on our jersey and do you proud.

"You are truly the best fans in the world, and we are very grateful for your patience. We can't wait to witness the 'sea of red' back again in Hamilton, and let's show the world we can fill up Eden Park."

Tonga Invitational XIII coach Kristian Woolf said he was delighted to have assembled a squad capable of challenging the best nations on the planet.

"This is a great opportunity for us to go up against two of the best teams in the world," Woolf said.

"Australia are the top-ranked team on the planet, and we also get to face the Great Britain League Lions, an outfit that has not been together since 2007.

"But not only will these Tests be historic, they will be about uniting a country – all our team members want to do is make the wonderful people of Tonga proud."

Taumalolo said he and his team-mates were delighted to be able to concentrate on preparing for action on the field.

"The players are happy and relieved that this matter has been resolved and we can focus on what we need to do - play the best footy we can for our families and our people," Taumalolo said.

Tonga Invitational XIII

To contest the GB League Lions Tour and Oceania Cup

  • John Asiata
  • Andrew Fifita
  • Addin Fonua-Blake
  • David Fusitu'a
  • Siliva Havili
  • Ata Hingano
  • William Hopoate
  • Konrad Hurrell
  • Michael Jennings
  • Sione Katoa
  • Tuimoala Lolohea
  • Manu Ma'u
  • Ben Murdoch-Masila
  • Joe Ofahengaue
  • Tevita Pangai jnr
  • Kotoni Staggs
  • Tevita Tatola
  • Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • Jason Taumalolo
  • Daniel Tupou
  • Sitili  Tupouniua
  • Coach: Kristian Woolf