Internationals Kiwis vs Tonga 2022

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1. Manu
2. Mulitalo
3. Hiku
4. R Smith
5. Rapana
6. Brown
7. Hughes
8. JFH (c)
9. B Smith
10. J Bromwich
11. K Bromwich
12. Papali'i
13. Tapine

14. Te Maire Martin
15. JWH
16. NAS
17. Tupouniua/Sorenson/CHN/Liu or Nikora

Maybe a bit optimistic to think Tupouniua will turn his back on Tonga but when he chose to represent them in 2019 he was just a rookie & well down the Kiwis pecking order.
 
Here's a bit of an idea who's in the mix. This was named in November & Schuster quickly opted out. Surprised Sorenson wasn't on the radar. Australian born but with NZ heritage. Davey Moale could be a smokey too.
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Kiwis

1 J Manu
2 R Mulitalo
3 R Smith
4 P Herbert
5 K Maumalo
6 D Brown
7 J Hughes
8 J Bromwich
9 B Smith
10 J F Harris
11 K Bromwich
12 I Papalii
13 J Tapine

14 E Clark
15 J W Hargreaves
16 J Aloai
17 N A Solomona

Tonga
1 T Niu
2 D Topou
3 V Vailea
4 K Hurrell
5 D Fusitua
6 T Lolohea
7 A Hingano
8 T Tatola
9 S Havili
10 S Taukeiaho
11 T P Junior
12 S Tupouniua
13 J Taumalolo c

14 T Otukolo
15 A Fafita
16 E Katoa
17 J Ofahanguae

Would let Katoa, Otukolo and Vailea be available for this game.
 
Tonga
1 T Niu
2 D Topou
3 V Vailea
4 K Hurrell
5 D Fusitua
6 T Lolohea
7 A Hingano
8 T Tatola
9 S Havili
10 S Taukeiaho
11 T P Junior
12 S Tupouniua
13 J Taumalolo c

14 T Otukolo
15 A Fafita
16 E Katoa
17 J Ofahanguae

Would let Katoa, Otukolo and Vailea be available for this game.
I think Sione Katoa finds his way into this lineup unless he's got a strong desire to rep the Kiwis. Suli to be the first Centre picked too.
 
1. Manu
2. Mulitalo
3. Hiku
4. R Smith
5. Rapana
6. Brown
7. Hughes
8. JFH (c)
9. B Smith
10. J Bromwich
11. K Bromwich
12. Papali'i
13. Tapine

14. Te Maire Martin
15. JWH
16. NAS
17. Tupouniua/Sorenson/CHN/Liu or Nikora

Maybe a bit optimistic to think Tupouniua will turn his back on Tonga but when he chose to represent them in 2019 he was just a rookie & well down the Kiwis pecking order.
I like that side. I'd find a spot for Moses Leota on the bench tho, maybe that 4th spot.
 
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