Tonga names World Cup Squad

MEDIA RELEASE

 

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

 

 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Mate Ma’a Tonga coaches Charles Tonga and Kristian Woolf have named their 24 man Squad for the up and coming Rugby League World Cup in England and Wales.

 

With a sublime mix of rising young talent like Samisoni Langi and NRL U20’s Holden cup winning captain, Daniel Foster, teamed up with the likes of established experienced players Brent Kite, Sika

Manu, Fuifui Moimoi and Willie Manu, and you can see why there is a special buzz and excitement in the air about the Mate Ma’a Tonga Team.

 

Add in members of the NRL grand final teams, including highflying young winger Daniel Tupou from the Premiership winning team the Sydney Roosters, who is another exciting young man who can’t wait to put on the red and white, and you have a team loaded with potential.

 

Tupou is one of the 5 new faces to the squad, with many players from this year’s successful test-match side that defeated Samoa, being recalled, including experienced Manly forward Brent Kite as Captain.

 

There are 3 other players, Paea, W.Manu and Vave, who have previous experience playing for the red and white, with Manu and Paea the only players from the last World Cup Squad in 2008.

 

Despite losing many talented players to injury and other countries, “we are fortunate to have many young guys willing to represent the Nation”  Coach Charles Tonga, who is eager to get his team to England on the pitch said.

 

“We are doing this for our people, to give back to our Country”.

 

MATE MA’A TONGA 24 MAN SQUAD FOR 2013 RLWC (AS OF 8th OCTOBER):

 

NRL

 

Captain: Brent Kite, Manly Sea Eagles

Cronulla Sharks: Sosaia Feki, Nesiasi Mataitonga, Pat Politoni

Manly Sea Eagles: Brent Kite (C), Jorge Taufua

Melbourne Storm: Mahe Fonua, Siosaia Vave

Newcastle Knights: Siuatonga Likiliki

North Queensland Cowboys: Jason Taumalolo

Parramatta Eels: Fuifui Moimoi, Peni Terepo,

Penrith Panthers: Sika Manu, Daniel Foster,

Sydney Roosters: Samisoni Langi, Nafe Seluini, Daniel Tupou

NZ Warriors: Glen Fisi’iahi, Siliva Havili, Konrad Hurrell,

Wests Tigers: Ben Murdoch-Masila

 

SUPER LEAGUE UK

 

Huddersfield giants: Ukuma Ta’ai

Hull Kingston Rovers: Mickey Paea

St. Helens: Willie Manu

 

 

TNRL LOCAL COMP

Liahona Old Boys: Sydney Havea Unavailable:

Brisbane Broncos: David Hala (injured)

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs: Tony Williams (injured)

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks: Anthony Tupou (injured)

Manly Sea Eagles: Richie Fa’aoso (injured)

Parramatta Eels: Kelepi Tanginoa (injured), Willie Tonga (injured), Vai Toutai

Sydney Roosters: Sam Moa

Havelo Bulldogs: Daniel Kilioni

 

Mate Ma’a Tonga Squad will arrive to England on the 18th October, after 9 days in camp in Tonga and New Zealand.

 

RLWC Schedule

Tuesday, 29th October Tonga vs Scotland, Derwent Park, Workington

Tuesday, 5th November Tonga vs Cook Islands, Leigh Sports Village

Sunday, 10th November Tonga vs Italy, The Shay, Halifax

 

Phonetic Name pronunciations

 

MATE MA’A TONGA (Ma-teh Maah Ton-kah) (the G in Tonga is silent with the “ng” sounding like“k”) Meaning: Die for Tonga

PLAYER PRONOUNCIATION CLUB

 

1 Brent Kite (CAPTAIN) Brent Kite Manly Sea Eagles

2 Sosaia Feki So-sigh-ahh Feh-key Cronulla Sharks

3 Glen Fisi’iahi Glen Fiss-ee-arhh-hee NZ Warriors

4 Mahe Fonua Mar-heh Foh-nooow-ah Melbourne Storm

5 Daniel Foster Daniel Foster Penrith Panthers

6 Sydney Havea Sydney Hah-vay-ahh Ha’akame Broncos

7 Siliva Havili See-liv-ah Hah-vee-leigh NZ Warriors

8 Konrad Hurrell Kon-rad Herr-rell NZ Warriors

9 Samisoni Langi Sam-ee-soh-nee Lah-ngee Sydney Roosters

10 Siuatonga Likiliki See-oooh-aah-ton-kah Lick-ee-lick-ee Newcastle Kinghts

11 Sika Manu Sick-ah Marh-nooh Penrith Panthers

12 Willie Manu Willie Marh-nooh St.Helens Saints

13 Nesiasi Mataitonga Nes-ee-arh-see Marh-thai-ton-kah Cronulla Sharks

14 Fuifui Moimoi Foo-ee-foo-ee M-oi-mm-oi Parramatta Eels

15 Ben Murdoch-Masila Ben Murdoch-Ma-sill-a Wests Tigers

16 Mickey Paea Mickey Pie-ah Hull Kingston Rovers

17 Pat Politoni Pat Pol-e-tony Cronulla Sharks

18 Nafe Seluini Nuff-e Sell-ooh-ee-nee Newtown Jets (Sydney Roosters)

19 Ukuma Ta’ai Ooh-koo-marh Ta-eye Huddersfield Giants

20 Jorge Taufua George Ta-our-foo-ah Manly Sea Eagles

21 Jason Taumalolo Jason Ta-our-mah-lol-low North Queensland Cowboys

22 Peni Terepo Penny Terry-pohw Parramatta Eels

23 Daniel Tupou Daniel Two-pohw Sydney Roosters

24 Siosaia Vave See-oh-sigh-a Vah-vair Melbourne Storm

 

 

Tonga Rugby League - Media Officer

Kristy Latu




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