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2010-10-25 19:24

Nickname: Sea Eagles

Captain: Finau Maka

Coach: Isitolo Maka

RWC Appearances: 4 (First in 1987)

Best result: First round, third in pool 1995 & 2007

Like their Polynesian neighbours, the Tongans start their matches with a war dance - the Kailao (also known as the Sipi Tau). And like their Polynesian neighbours, these islanders are as tough as nails, and ready to make the sort of tackles that break bones.

The Sea Eagles have competed in all but one of the five Rugby World Cups hosted to date, but have performed poorly in all except the 2007 tournament.

At the 1987 inaugural tournament in New Zealand, Tonga were knocked out in the first stage after they lost all of their games. The Sea Eagles conceded a total of 93 points and scored only 29 in their three games against Ireland, Wales and Canada.

Tonga failed to qualify for the 1991 tournament and performed poorly again four years later in 1995 when the tournament was hosted in South Africa. The team scored only 15 points and conceded 79 in their first two losses to France and Scotland, but prevented a whitewash by beating World Cup debutantes Ivory Coast 29 - 11.

In 1999 Tonga were knocked out in the first round of the tournament again. Although they beat Italy 28 - 25 in their second game, the victory was sandwiched between a 45 - 9 defeat to New Zealand and a 101 - 10 drubbing against England.

The 2003 World Cup was Tonga's worst tournament yet. They were comfortably beaten by Wales, Canada and Italy and were played off the park by the All Blacks in 91 - 7 loss.

Tonga were a much better team when they arrived at the 2007 World Cup and went on to beat the USA and Samoa before two narrow defeats, to eventual champions South Africa and losing finalists England, saw them knocked out them knocked out in the first round.

The Sea Eagles will hope to built on their imporved performances and will be targeting victories against Japan and Canada in the group stage.


Forwards: Halani Aulika, Taufa'ao Filise, Paino Hehea, Sione Kalamafoni, Tukulua Lokotui, Aleki Lutui, Viliami Ma'afu, Ilaisa Ma'asi, Finau Maka, Kisi Pulu, Ephraim Taukafa, Alisona Taumalolo, Sione Timani, Soane Tonga'uiha, Joseph Tuineau, Samiu Vahafolau, Sione Vaiomounga.

Backs: Alipate Fatafehi, Samisoni Fisilau, William Helu, Sukanaivalu Hufanga, Viliame Iongi, Vungakoto Lilo, Andrew Ma'ilei, Taniela Moa, Kurt Morath, Thomas Palu, Siale Piutau, Alaska Taufa, Fetu'u Vainikolo.
Key Player
Soane Tonga'uiha
Height: 1.91m
Weight: 130kgs

Soane Tonga'uiha is one of the most athletic props in the world. The loosehead is famous for his powerful scrumming, hard tackles and rampaging runs.


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