The Tongan Rugby League have officially named their 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad with Aquis Gold Coast Titans star centre Konrad Hurrell part of the 24-man Squad.
Parramatta forward Manu Ma’u, Warriors’ winger David Fusitu’a and Roosters’ prop Sio Siua Taukeiaho will also play for Tonga.
Taumalolo yesterday pledged his allegiance to Tonga for the tournament that starts later this month and will now be joined in the squad by a host of high-profile NRL stars.
Fifita joined Taumalolo this morning after advising Australian coach Mal Meninga he wished to switch to Tonga, while Taukeiaho, Fusitu’a and Ma’u also advised New Zealand they would commit to Tonga.
The five big names are joined in the 24-man squad by former Kangaroos Michael Jennings and Daniel Tupou.
Other players to note include Titans’ centre Konrad Hurrell, Tigers’ half Tuimoala Lolohea, former Storm grand final winner Sika Manu and ex-Warriors’ crowd favourite Manu Vatuvei.
“The Tongan Rugby League is very pleased with the squad we have been able to assemble, and when you see names like Taumalolo, Fifita, Taukeiaho, Ma’u, Hopoate, Jennings and Tupou in the team, you can understand why,” said Tongan head coach Kristian Woolf.
“We have been drawn in a very strong group that includes the might of New Zealand, traditional neighbours and foes Samoa, and previous Four Nations participants Scotland.
“TONGA NEEDED TO PICK A STRONG A SQUAD AS POSSIBLE AND WITH THE TEAM WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ASSEMBLE, WE THINK WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO BE VERY COMPETITIVE.”
Tonga Rugby League World Cup 2017 Squad
- Andrew Fifita
- Mahe Fonua
- David Fusitu’a
- Siliva Havilli
- Ata Hingano
- Will Hopoate
- Konrad Hurrell
- Michael Jennings
- Solomone Kata
- Sione Katoa
- Samisoni Langi
- Tuimoala Lolohea
- Sika Manu
- Manu Ma'u
- Sam Moa
- Ben Murdoch Masila
- Joe Ofahengaue
- Tevita Pangai jnr
- Ukuma Ta'ai
- Sio Siua Taukieaho
- Jason Taumalolo
- Peni Terepo
- Daniel Tupou
- Manu Vatuvei
Tonga v Scotland in Cairns on 29/10/2017
Tonga v Samoa in Hamilton on 04/11/2017
Tonga v New Zealand in Hamilton on 11/11/2017