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Fifita in strong Tonga team

Tonga coach Kristian Woolf has named a powerful Mate Ma’a Tonga squad ahead of the upcoming World Cup in England which includes NRL star David Fifita.

Woolf announced 38 players in an extended squad and faces a difficult task to trim it to 24 before the tournament. Fifita was one of those bound for Kangaroos selection but like others has been named for his Pacific home nation.

“I certainly know that at some stage, provided we reach our potential and play to our potential, we’re going to get the opportunity to be part of one of those games against one of those teams,” Woolf told RLWC2021.com.

David Fifita in action for the Gold Coast Titan. Picture International Rugby League
Tonga coach Kristian Woolf has named a powerful Mate Ma’a Tonga squad ahead of the upcoming World Cup in England which includes NRL star David Fifita. Picture: International Rugby League

“The Tongan players want to play for Tonga and that’s a great position for us to be in. The team we’re going to put together for Tonga, that’s something to get excited about and look forward to because I think we’ve got a squad that’s going to be very hard to beat. Our challenge is to reach our potential.”

Fifita, the former Queensland Origin forward joins a squad headed by Cowboys lock Jason Taumalolo, Warriors prop Addin Fonua-Blake, Dolphins-bound Storm second-rower Felise Kaufusi and Sharks centre Siosifa Talakai.

Former Bulldogs back Will Hopoate is one of five Super League players chosen in the squad, including three from Woolf’s St Helens team that are chasing a third consecutive premiership – Hopoate, Konrad Hurrell and Agnatius Paasi.

Rabbitohs forwards Keaon Koloamatangi, Tevita Tatola, Siliva Havili and Daniel Suluka-Fifita have been named in the squad, along with the Sharks trio of Talakai, Andrew Fifita and Sione Katoa, who is sidelined by a knee injury.

Tongans in full war cry as they get ready to face New Zealand in the rugby league international. Picture NRL Twitter
Tongans in full war cry as they get ready to face New Zealand in the rugby league international. Tonga coach Kristian Woolf has named a powerful Mate Ma’a Tonga squad ahead of the upcoming World Cup in England which includes NRL star David Fifita. Picture: NRL Twitter

Katoa is expected to be fit for the World Cup but Sydney Roosters second-rower Sitili Tupouniua is out after rupturing his ACL. The squad includes 13 survivors from the 2017 World Cup campaign that changed the face of international rugby league.

Tonga is currently ranked as the world number two team after beating the Kangaroos in Australia’s last Test appearance in 2019. This is reason enough for the Pacific nation to carry the belief that they can lift the Paul Barrière Trophy at Old Trafford on November 19.

Tonga are in a pool with Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands and Wales and are expected to face England and Samoa in the knockout stages of the tournament.

Mate Ma’a Tonga squad:

Talatau Amone (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Andrew Fifita (Cronulla Sharks)
David Fifita (Gold Coast Titans)
Addin Fonua Blake (Warriors)
Moeaki Fotuaika (Gold Coast Titans)
David Fusitu’a (Leeds Rhinos)
Siliva Havili (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
William Hopoate (St Helens Saints)
Konrad Hurrell (St Helens Saints)
Eliesa Katoa (Warriors)
Isaiya Katoa (Penrith Panthers)
Sione Katoa (Cronulla Sharks)
Felise Kaufusi (Melbourne Storm)
Oregon Kaufusi (Parramatta Eels)
Keaon Koloamatangi (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Toluta’u Koula (Manly Sea Eagles)
Tuimoala Lolohea (Huddersfield Giants)
Soni Luke (Penrith Panthers)
Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warriors)
Tesi Niu (Brisbane Broncos)
Joe Ofahengaue (Wests Tigers)
Haumole Olakau’atu (Manly Sea Eagles)
Taniela Otukolo (Warriors)
Agnatius Paasi (St Helens Saints)
Tevita Pangai Jr (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Taniela Paseka (Manly Sea Eagles)
Will Penisini (Parramatta Eels)
Kotoni Staggs (Brisbane Broncos)
Daniel Suluka-Fifita (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Moses Suli (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Siosifa Talakai (Cronulla Sharks)
Tevita Tatola (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Siosiua Taukeiaho (Sydney Roosters)
Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland Cowboys)
Starford To’a (Wests Tigers)
Christian Tu’ipulotu (Manly Sea Eagles)
Daniel Tupou (Sydney Roosters)
Stefano Utoikamanu (Wests Tigers)

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