Tonga A players wear armbands to honour Queen Mother

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Tongan players to play in honour of their Queen Mother. Photo/Fiji Sun (Twitter)

Tongan rugby players who were in Fiji to play in the World Rugby Pacific Rugby Challenge (PRC) this Friday will wear black armbands to honour Queen Mother.

Queen Mother Halaevalu Mataʻaho, 90,  died in Auckland on February 19 and she was the mother of Tonga’s current king.

The team were planning to win the tournament as part of their show of respect to the matriarch.

The team is made up of 19 local players and nine overseas players, four from Australia and five from New Zealand.

After playing against the Fiji Warriors this weekend they will face the Samoa A on 14 March, then against the Junior Japan on 18 March.

Coach Isi Fatani told Fiji media they were expecting the weekend’s game to be a tough one.

“The team has been preparing for the past two months for the competition. We have only six players who played for Tonga last year while the others are new to the team,”  Fiji Times has reported.

“We are looking forward to the tough competition as we know Fiji has always been a tough team to beat, especially playing at home.”

“This team is better prepared for the challenges ahead. We have a number of quality players compared with last year,” he told Fiji Times.

Tonga A and Fjii Warriors match will kick off at 5.30pm on Friday half and hour after the match between the Junior Japan and Samoa would begin.

Tonga A:

  1. Sione Lolohea
  2. Leiataua Kilifi
  3. Roy Pome’e
  4. Sailosi Malimali
  5. Sosaia Masima
  6. Duane ‘Aholelei
  7. Siaosi Nginingini
  8. Charlie Pahulu
  9. Vainanuma Manu
  10. Katilimoni Tu’ipulotu
  11. Timote Paseka
  12. Frederick Kei
  13. Halafo’ou ‘Akau’ola Laula
  14. Topui Sekona
  15. Constantin Nova Kauvaka
  16. Samiu Muna
  17. John Ika
  18. Sosefo Fahiua
  19. Fe’aomoeuasi Hui
  20. Christino Manuolevao
  21. Fe’ofa’aki Kaumavae
  22. Oleni Ngungutau
  23. James Faiva
  24. Vai Hausia
  25. Tu’ihakavalu Ika
  26. Paki afu
  27. Sione Loseni
  28. Alfred Hausia

Isileli Fatani, Head Coach
Sione Fetuani, Assistant Coach – Backs Coach
Sione Lino, Team Manager
Duke Mataka, Team Doctor
Siosaia Vakasiuola, Team Physio
Semisi Fonua, Trainer
Joh Fifita, Performance/video Analyst

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  1. ‘E fakaʻilonga ʻuli e kau vaʻinga ʻakapulu ʻa e Tonga A ʻi Fisi ʻi heʻenau feʻauhi ko ʻeni he World Rugby Pacific Challenge (PRC) he Tokonaki ko ʻení ko e fiekaungā ongoʻi he hala ʻa e Kuini Fehuhú.

    Ne hala ʻa Kuini Halaevalu Mataʻaho taʻu 90 ʻi Aokalani ʻi Fēpueli ʻaho 19 pea ko e fehuhu foki ia ʻa e tuʻi lolotonga ʻo Tongá.

    ʻOku palani foki ʻa e timí ke nau mālohi ko e konga pe ia ʻenau kaungāongoʻi e hala ʻa e Taʻahiné.

    Ko e timi ko ʻení ʻoku ʻi ai e toko 19 ai ko e kau vaʻinga lōkolo pea mo e toko hiva mei muli ʻa ia ko e toko fā mei ʻAositelēlia kae nima mei Nuʻu Sila.

    Ka ʻosi ʻenau vaʻinga ko ʻeni mo e Fiji Warriors he fakaʻosinga uike ko ʻení pea te nau hoko atu ki he Samoa A he ʻaho 14 ʻo Māʻasí pea mo e Junior Japan ʻi he ʻaho 18.

    Pehē ʻe he faiakó ʻIsi Fatani ki he mītia ʻa Fisí ʻoku nau mateuteu ki hono ikuna ʻo e tau ko ʻeni mo Fisí neongo ʻa e mahino ko e tau fefeka moʻoni.

    Ne ne pehē ko e māhina ʻeni ʻe ua ʻenau teuteu ki he feʻuahí pea ko e toko ono pe ʻi he timi ko ʻení ne nau vaʻinga maʻa Tonga he taʻu kuo ʻosí.

    E kamata e tau ʻa Fisi mo Tongá he taimi 5.30ef ʻi he Tokonakí miniti pe ia ʻe 30 mei he kamata e patō ʻa Siapani mo Haʻamoá.

    Tonga A:
    1. Sione Lolohea
    2. Leiataua Kilifi
    3. Roy Pome’e
    4. Sailosi Malimali
    5. Sosaia Masima
    6. Duane ‘Aholelei
    7. Siaosi Nginingini
    8. Charlie Pahulu
    9. Vainanuma Manu
    10. Katilimoni Tu’ipulotu
    11. Timote Paseka
    12. Frederick Kei
    13. Halafo’ou ‘Akau’ola Laula
    14. Topui Sekona
    15. Constantin Nova Kauvaka
    16. Samiu Muna
    17. John Ika
    18. Sosefo Fahiua
    19. Fe’aomoeuasi Hui
    20. Christino Manuolevao
    21. Fe’ofa’aki Kaumavae
    22. ‘Oleni Ngungutau
    23. James Faiva
    24. Vai Hausia
    25. Tu’ihakavalu Ika
    26. Paki afu
    27. Sione Loseni
    28. Alfred Hausia
    ‘Isileli Fatani, Head Coach
    Sione Fetuani, Assistant Coach – Backs Coach
    Sione Lino, Team Manager
    Duke Mataka, Team Doctor
    Siosaia Vakasiuola, Team Physio
    Semisi Fonua, Trainer
    Joh Fifita, Performance/video Analyst