‘Ikale Tahi Team for the Rugby World Cup

'Ikale Tahi Coach 'Isitolo Maka, Chairman Rev. Tevita Latailakepa and Captain of the Team Finau Maka after the announcement of the 'Ikale Tahi squad for the Rugby World Cup.

The Tonga Rugby Union this morning announce the Tonga ‘Ikale Tahi Team to represent the Kingdom to the Rugby World Cup 2011 to be held in New Zealand.

The ‘Ikale Tahi will depart for the Rugby World Cup in the morning of Monday 5th of September 2011.

They are currently training every morning and afternoon at the field of the Sia’atoutai Theological College for this Week.

In the evening of Sunday 28th August 2011, there will be a combined prayer service at the FWC Centenary Church led by the Church leaders as a dedicated service for the ‘Ikale Tahi in preparation for the Rugby World Cup tournament.

From Monday 29th September the team will then go into camp and will be training at the Soccer Centre at Loto Tonga, Veitongo.

The Churches will be visiting the team every evening up to Sunday 4th September to provide a prayer service for the team, and offer any assistance they would want to make for the ‘Ikale Tahi.

The Board of Directors  and the Coaches and Team thank all the people in Tonga and around the world for their prayers and support, and hope this continue throughout and up to the end of the Rugby World Cup campaign.

The Team

1. ‘Aleki ‘Aho Lutui, 2. Ephraim Taukafa, 3. ‘Aloisio ‘Ilaisa Ma’asi, 4. ‘Alisona Taumālolo, 5. Kisi Pulu, 6. Soane Longopoa Tonga’uiha, 7. Halani ‘Aulika, 8. Taufa’ao Filise, 9. Kelekolio Paino Hehea, 10. Sione Lamipeti Ngalu Timani, 11. Tukulua Lokotui, 12. Joseph Mark Laifone Tu’ineau, 13. Sione Ma’ake Kalamafoni, 14. Finau Maka (Captain), 15. Viliami Suaesi Ma’afu, 16. Samiu Vahafolau, 17. Sione Vaiomo’unga, 18. Taniela Moa, 19. Thomas Taufoou Palu, 20. Samisoni Fisilau, 21. Kurt Stanley Morath, 22. Siale Vailea Piutau, 23. Latu ‘Alipate H Nasqasima Fatafehi, 24. Andrew Kautonga Ma’ilei, 25. Sukanaivalu Ikavuka Hufanga, 26. William Fetu’ufuka Ukumaki Helu, 27. Fetu’umoana Vainikolo, 28. Alaska Nikolasi Taufa, 29. Viliamo Volovola ‘Iongi, 30. Vungakoto Lilo (Vice Captain).

Management Team

31. ‘Isitolo Maka (Head Coach), 32. Siosiua Taumālolo (Assistant Coach, Backs), 33. Toutai Kefu (Assistant Coach, Forwards), 34. John McKee (Technical Advisor), 35. Chris Boyd (Skills and Defensive Coach), 36. Dan Cron (Scrum Coach), 37. Leevan Santos (Physiotherapist), 38. Aliouth Helu (Masseur), 39. ‘Aminiasi Kefu (Team Manager), 40. ‘Etoni Tonga (Team Media Manager), 41. Sione Latu (Baggage Handler), 42. Semisi Fonua (Accredited Official), 43. rev. Tevita Latailakepa (Accredited Official).