Internationals Kiwis vs Tonga

Cces

Cces

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.
 
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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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Once A Warrior

Once A Warrior

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.
 
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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.
 
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Once A Warrior

Once A Warrior

Brownie might have got away with pulling some players from the Māori team last season but I can't see Addin Fonua-Blake being told what to do or Brown even trying to stop him representing Tonga
Haven't the club already said no warriors will play the test match?
 
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Haven't the club already said no warriors will play the test match?
Geez I hope not. Not a good look when trying to attract players. There's an Origin that weekend too isn't there? Imagine the stink if we blocked someone from playing in that
 
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Once A Warrior

Once A Warrior

Geez I hope not. Not a good look when trying to attract players. There's an Origin that weekend too isn't there? Imagine the stink if we blocked someone from playing in that
I agree, I think because it was one week before the warriors Tigers.
 
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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.
I like that side. I'd find a spot for Moses Leota on the bench tho, maybe that 4th spot.
 
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Naumaifooty

Naumaifooty

I wouldnt have jesse bromwich or jordan rapana in my top 17 both are past their prime.
 
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Once A Warrior

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Also Tonga are now a tier 1 nation? If so the likes of Staggs won't play as origin is on the horizon.
 
playdaball

playdaball

Heritage Member
I see Murray Tuilagi is NZ born - he’s a form winger. Unsure if putting his hat into QLD SOO or Samoa?
 
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Dannevegas

Dannevegas

Niu
Tupou
Talakai
Staggs
Katoa
Lolohea
Amone
Taukeiaho
Havili
Tatola
Koloamatagi
Olokau’atu
Taumalolo

Tupouiniua
Fotuaika
Pangai
Hingano
 
runituptheguts

runituptheguts

Also Tonga are now a tier 1 nation? If so the likes of Staggs won't play as origin is on the horizon.
Pretty sure Tonga are still tier 2. So Staggs can play both Tonga and NSW if selected. He just can't choose to play for Tonga vs the Kiwis and swap to Aus for the RLWC.
 
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