Ikaletahi ready for Italy match

Tonga’s double win over Spain and the United States in the last two weeks could have provided a spur to their target to crush the Italians this Saturday.

Tonga Rugby Union Chair Feʻao Vunipola said the team was “ready” and the preparation was “excellent”.

“They are just waiting for the kick off”, he said in Tongan.

The names of the 23 squad had been released today.

The Saturday’s match would be the final game for the ‘Ikaletahi’s three 2016 European Tour test matches.

They overwhelmed Spain  28-13 on November 12 and last week they defeated US Eagles by 20-17.

Meanwhile Italy captain Sergio Parisse will miss the home rugby test after being suspended for three weeks.

Parisse was found guilty by the French club leagues of involuntarily hitting an opponent’s face with his foot on Nov. 5 while playing for his Stade Francais club against Bordeaux, it has been reported.

Italy will play against Tonga in Padua at the Stadio Euganeo.

The ‘Ikaletahi squad:

Tevita Mailau loose head Felemea (Hp) and ‘Otea (Vv)
Paula Ngauamo hooker Vaini, Kolomotu’a, Fasi & Kolofo’ou (Tt)
Siua Halanukonuka tighthead Hoi (Tt)
Steve Mafi lock ‘Ahau (Tt) & Kolovai (Tt)
Joe Tu’ineau lock Fasi-moe-afi (Tt)
Dan Faleafa blindside Kolomotu’a (Tt) & Kolovai (Tt)
Jack Ram openside Ha’ateiho (Tt)
Tevita Koloamatangi no. 8 Ha’avakatolo (Tt)
Sonatane Takulua scrum half Lapaha, Ma’ufanga (Tt) & Niuatoputapu
Kali Hala outside half Malapo (Tt)
Fetu’u Vainikolo wing Ha’alalo (Tt)
Latiume Fosita centre Haveluloto and Felemea (Hp)
Siale Piutau © centre Kolofo’ou and Folaha (Tt)
Nafi Tu’itavake wing Kolofo’ou (Tt) and Malapo (Tt)
David Halaifonua fullback Fatumu (Tt) and Tukulalo, Houma (Vv)
Elvis Taione front row Kolomotu’a and Ha’akio (Vv)
Paea Fa’anunu front row Leimatu’a (Vv)
Sila Puafisi front row Ha’ateiho (Tt) & Longomapu (Vv)
Valentino Mapapalangi   Holonga (Tt) and Ha’alalo (Tt)
Kotoni Ale   Vaimalo (Vv) and Ha’asini (Tt)
Tomasi Palu   Utui (Vv) and Tungua (Hp)
Tevita Taufui   Lofanga (Hp) and Mataika (Vv)
Cooper Vuna   Houma (Tt)

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