razzrillinger

1st Grade Fringe
Nov 8, 2016
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Little bit of news from the last week :

- Tohu Harris has ruled himself out of the test against Tonga due to an ongoing knee issue (will continue to play for the Warriors though).

- Manase Fainu has declared his allegiance to Tonga

- John Asiata may swap from Samoa to Tonga. Will more than likely play in the halves if that is the case.

Just a thought I had, if Dallin Watene-Zelezniak doesn't make the New Zealand team, is there a chance he plays for Tonga? Would be crazy to see the current NZ captain switch to the opposition but this is the weird and wonderful world of International Rugby League after all.
 

razzrillinger

1st Grade Fringe
Nov 8, 2016
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Good team, guess it'll be Lolohea and Asiata in the halves then :

Tonga squad
  • John Asiata (North Queensland Cowboys)
  • Manase Fainu (Manly Sea Eagles)
  • Andrew Fifita (Cronulla Sharks)
  • Addin Fonua-Blake (Manly Sea Eagles)
  • Moeaki Fotuaika (Gold Coast Titans)
  • David Fusi'tua (New Zealand Warriors)
  • Siliva Havili (Canberra Raiders)
  • Tuimoala Lolohea (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Will Hopoate (Canterbury Bulldogs)
  • Michael Jennings (Parramatta Eels)
  • Robert Jennings (Wests Tigers)
  • Solomone Kata (New Zealand Warriors)
  • Sione Katoa (Penrith Panthers)
  • Manu Ma'u (Parramatta Eels)
  • Tevita Pangai jnr (Brisbane Broncos)
  • Kotoni Staggs (Brisbane Broncos)
  • Tevita Tatola (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  • Siosiua Taukeiaho (Sydney Roosters)
  • Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland Cowboys)
  • Peni Terepo (Parramatta Eels)
  • Daniel Tupou (Sydney Roosters)
  • Sitili Tupouniua (Sydney Roosters)
 

Sky Waka

1st Grade Fringe
Aug 28, 2017
361
No Hingano???

Foran declares himself fit and ready to return to the Kiwi's. Even if Shaun Johnson plays this week I wouldn't pick him, just because of the lack of playing time.
 

ArtySubs

1st Grade Fringe
Aug 29, 2016
425
NAS Bromwich Tapau as 3 props who’s the 4th?
2nd row lock Liu, Tapine JFH? Seem a little light up against Tongans, any bolters for the forwards?
Halves a worry surely days of Benji are gone? Hughes @ 6 Shaun Johnson 7 or Kodi 7 or is he 14?
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak make team on wing?
9 days out we got some thinking to do against a pretty settled Tongan team Asiata great pick up for them went close to Origin according to NRL360 team.
 

Sky Waka

1st Grade Fringe
Aug 28, 2017
361
Lolohea couldn't even make it in the halves in superleague, so having him step up and play the lead half role might be tough. Going to have a to rely a lot on Fainu at dummy half.

I think Fainu's gonna be 6 or 7, why else would they pick 3 dummy half's.
 

Bushman

1st Grade Fringe
Aug 12, 2016
614
New Zealand Kiwis squad

Leeson Ah Mau (Warriors)
Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Storm)
Jesse Bromwich (Storm)
Kenneath Bromwich (Storm)
James Fisher-Harris (Panthers)
Kieran Foran (Bulldogs)
Jahrome Hughes (Storm)
Jamayne Isaako (Broncos)
Shaun Johnson (Sharks)
Isaac Liu (Roosters)
Issac Luke (Warriors)
Joseph Manu (Roosters)
Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers)
Esan Marsters (Wests Tigers)
Ken Maumalo (Warriors)
Briton Nikora (Sharks)
Kodi Nikorima (Warriors)
Agnatius Paasi (Warriors)
Isaiah Papalii (Warriors)
Jordan Rapana (Raiders)
Brandon Smith (Storm)
Joseph Tapine (Raiders)
Martin Taupau (Sea Eagles)
Zane Tetevano (Roosters)
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Warriors)
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters)
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Bulldogs)
 
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