Tonga announced their squad for the World Cup on Monday with coach Toutai Kefu declaring “we’re not there to be merely making up the numbers.”
Just three of the squad do not have a foreign club contract at this time, being Samisoni Fisilau, Nafi Tuitavake, and Viliami Lolohea. The rest of the squad all play their rugby outside of Tonga. Six play in France, three in Australia, four in New Zealand, 12 in the United Kingdom, and the rest across Europe in Italy, Romania, and Spain.
Tonga open their World Cup against England on September 22 and then play Argentina and France before concluding their campaign against USA on October 13.
Tonga World Cup squad:
Siegried Fisi’ihoi (Pau/FRA), Vunipola Fifita (Brumbies/AUS), Latu Talakai (Eastwood/AUS), Paula Ngauamo (Agen/FRA), Sosefo Sakalia (Bucarest/ROM), Siula Maile (Shirley/NZL), Siua Halanukonuka (Glasgow/SCO), Ma’afu Fia (Ospreys/WAL), Ben Tameifuna (Racing 92/FRA), Sam Lousi (Scarlets/WAL), Leva Fifita (Grenoble/FRA), Steve Mafi (London Irish/ENG), Sione Kalamafoni (Leicester/ENG), Mamaa Vaipulu (Castres/FRA), Fotu Lokotui (Counties Manukau/NZL), Zane Kapeli (Bay of Plenty/NZL), Dan Faleafa (Coventry/ENG), Nasi Manu (Benetton Treviso/ITA)
Sonatane Takulua (Newcastle/ENG), Leon Fukofuka (Auckland/NZL), Samisoni Fisilau (sans club), Kurt Morath (Doncaster/ENG/D2), James Faiva (El Salvador/ESP), Siale Piutau (Bristol/ENG), Malietoa Hingano (Bayonne/FRA), Nafi Tuitavake (no club), Atieli Pakalani (Eastwood/AUS), David Halaifonua (Coventry/ENG), Viliami Lolohea (no club ), Cooper Vuna (Newcastle/ENG), Telusa Veainu (Leicester/ENG)