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[RLWC2017] Tonga makes two changes

Richard Becht | Image: www.photosport.nz

Tonga celebrate a try during the Rugby League Rugby World Cup 2017 Pool B match - Samoa v Tonga played at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand on Saturday 4 November  2017.  

Copyright photo: © Bruce Lim / www.photosport.nz
Tonga celebrate a try during the Rugby League Rugby World Cup 2017 Pool B match - Samoa v Tonga played at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand on Saturday 4 November 2017. Copyright photo: © Bruce Lim / www.photosport.nz

Two changes have been made to the Mate Ma’a Tonga side for Saturday’s crucial Rugby League World Cup clash against the Kiwis in Hamilton (5.00pm kick-off).

Konrad Hurrell returns to replace injured Vodafone Warriors centre Solomone Kata while Sione Katoa comes in as the starting hooker with ex-Vodafone Warrior Siliva Havili switched to the bench.

The rest of playing 17 is the same as the combination used in last Saturday’s 32-18 win over Toa Samoa.

Whatever happens this week, the Kiwis will play their quarter-final in Wellington while Tonga will have its quarter-final in Christchurch; the winner of the Hamilton clash this week will meet the third-placed Pool A side (likely to be Lebanon) while the loser will take on the Pool D winner (expected to be Fiji).

 

RLWC2017 | WEEK THREE TEAMS

 

Fiji v Italy

7.40pm, Friday, November 10

GIO Stadium, Canberra

Fiji Bati | Kevin Naiqama (c); Suliasi Vunivalu, Taane Milne, Akuila Uate, Marcelo Montoya; Jarryd Hayne, Henry Raiwalui; Ashton Sims, Apisai Koroisau, Eloni Vunakece; Viliame Kikau, Brayden Wiliame; Tui Kamikamica, Interchange: Joe Lovodua, Jacob Saifiti, Junior Roqica, Ben Nakubuwai, James Storer, Salesi Faingaa, Sitiveni Moceidreke, Pio Sokobalavua.

Italy Azzurri | James Tedesco; Mason Cerruto, Justin Castellaro, Nathan Milone, Josh Mantellato; Terry Campese, Ryan Ghietti; Paul Vaughan, Joseph Tramontana, Daniel Alvaro; Jayden Walker, Mark Minichiello (c); Nathan Brown. Interchange: Brendan Santi, Shannon Wakeman, Joel Riethmuller, Christophe Calegari, Gavin Hiscox, Richard Lepori, Colin Wilkie, Mirco Bergamasco.

 

New Zealand v Tonga

5.05pm, Saturday November 11

FMG Stadium, Hamilton

New Zealand Kiwis | Roger Tuivasa-Sheck; Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Dean Whare, Brad Takairangi, Jordan Rapana; Kodi Nikorima; Shaun Johnson; Martin Taupau, Thomas Leuluai, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves; Simon Mannering, Joseph Tapine; Adam Blair (c). Interchange: Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Russell Packer, Isaac Liu, Danny Levi, Kenny Bromwich, Te Maire Martin, Elijah Taylor, Peta Hiku.

Mate Ma’a Tonga | Will Hopoate; Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Konrad Hurrell, David Fusitu’a; Tuimoala Lolohea, Mafoa'aeata Hingano; Andrew Fifita, Sione Katoa, Sio Siua Taukeiaho; Manu Ma'u, Sika Manu (c); Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: Siliva Havili, Sam Moa, Peni Terepo, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Mahe Fonua, Manu Vatuvei, Ukuma Ta’ai, Tevita Pangai jnr.

 

Samoa v Scotland

4.10pm, Saturday November 11

Barlow Park, Cairns

Toa Samoa | Young Tonumaipea; Ricky Leutele, Tim Lafa, Joey Leilua, Matthew Wright; Jarome Luai, Fa'amanu Brown; Junior Paulo, Jazz Tevaga, Herman Ese'ese; Josh Papalii, Frank Winterstein; Bunty Afoa. Interchange: Pita Godinet, Joseph Paulo, Leeson Ah Mau, Sam Tagataese (c), Frank Pritchard, Suaia Matagi, Ben Roberts, Ken Maumalo.

Scotland Bravehearts | Lewis Tierney; Shane Toal, Ben Hellewell, Lachlan Stein, Matthew Russell; Danny Addy, Oscar Thomas; Luke Douglas (c), Callum Phillips, Ben Kavanagh; Frankie Mariano, Dale Ferguson; James Bell. Interchange: Kane Bentley, Brandan Wilkinson, Andrew Bentley, Jarred Anderson, Alex Walker, Will Oaks, David Scott, Keiran Moran.

 

Australia v Lebanon

8.05pm, Saturday, November 11

Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Australia Kangaroos | Valentine Holmes; Dane Gagai, Will Chambers, Cameron Munster, Josh Mansour; James Maloney, Cooper Cronk; Aaron Woods, Cameron Smith (c), David Klemmer; Boyd Cordner, Matt Gillett; Felise Kaufusi. Interchange: Ben Hunt, Jordan McLean, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Wade Graham, Josh McGuire, Michael Morgan, Josh Dugan, Billy Slater.

Lebanon Cedars | Anthony Layoun; Travis Robinson, James Elias Bilal Maarbani, Adam Doueihi, Abbas Miski; Mitchell Moses, Robbie Farah (c); Tim Mannah, Michael Lichaa, Alex Twal; Chris Saab, Ahmad Ellaz; Nick Kassis. Interchange: Mitchell Mamary, Raymond Moujalli, Jamie Clark, Andrew Kazzi, Jason Wehbe, Danny Barakat, Elias Sukkar, Daniel Abou-Sleiman.

 

Papua New Guinea v United States

3.05pm, Sunday, November 12

Oil Search National Football Stadium, Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea Kumuls | David Mead (c); Justin Olam, Kato Ottio, Nene Macdonald, Garry Lo; Lachlan Lam, Watson Boas; Moses Meninga, James Segeyaro, Luke Page; Rhyse Martin, Willie Minoga; Paul Aiton. Interchange: Kurt Baptiste, Stargroth Amean, Nixon Putt, Thompson Tetehe, Rod Griffin, Wartovo Puara, Enock Maki, Ase Boas.

United States Hawks | Corey Makelim; Ryan Burroughs, Junior Vaivai, Jonathan Alley, Bureta Faraimo; Kristian Freed, Tui Samoa; Eddy Pettybourne, David Marando, Mark Offerdahl (c); Danny Howard, Joe Eichner; Nicholas Newlin. Interchange: Sam Tochterman-Talbott, Fotukava Malu, Martwain Johnston, Gabriel Farley, Steve Howard, Andrew Kneisley, David Ulch, Josh Rice.

 

Wales v Ireland

3.35pm, Sunday, November 12

nib Stadium, Perth

Wales Dragons | Elliot Kear; Regan Grace, Michael Channing, Dalton Grant, Rhys Williams; Courtney Davies, Danny Ansell; Craig Kopczak (c), Matty Fozard, Philip Joseph; Rhodri Lloyd, Joe Burke; Morgan Knowles. Interchange: Steve Parry, Gavin Bennion, Ben Evans, Ben Morris, Andrew Gay, Matthew Barron, Christiaan Roets, Matt Seamark.

Ireland Wolfhounds | Scott Grix; Shannon McDonnell, Ed Chamberlain, Api Pewhairangi, Liam Kay; Joe Keyes, Liam Finn (c); Anthony Mullaly, Michael McIllorum, Kyle Amor; Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Will Hope; Brad Singleton. Interchange: George King, Matty Hadden, Joe Philbin, Oliver Roberts, James Hasson, Tyrone McCarthy, Casey Dunne, Jack Higginson.

 

England v France

6.05pm, Sunday, November 12

nib Stadium, Perth

England Lions | Gareth Widdop; Stefan Ratchford, Mark Percival, John Bateman, Jermaine McGillvary; Kevin Brown, Luke Gale; Chris Hill, James Roby/Josh Hodgson, James Graham; Ben Currie, Mike McMeekan; Sean O'Loughlin (c). Interchange: Alex Walmsley, Thomas Burgess, Scott Taylor, George Williams, Ryan Hall, Elliott Whitehead, Chris Heighington, Kallum Watkins.

France Chanticleers | Mark Kheirallah; Fouad Yaha, Bastien Ader, Damien Cardace, Ilias Bergal; Theo Fages (c), Lucas Albert; Antoni Maria, John Boudebza, Julian Bousquet; Benjamin Garcia, Benjamin Jullien; Jason Baitieri. Interchange: Romain Navarrete, Thibault Margalet, Maxime Herold, Remy Marginet, Olivier Arnaud, Mickael Rouch, Nabil Djalout, Lambert Belmas.

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