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Ikale Tahi name 2019 World Cup Squad

In the wake of a narrow defeat to the Flying Fijians this past Saturday, Ikale Tahi coach Toutai Kefu released his World Cup squad on Monday in Hamilton, with 3 key names to bolster the squad he believes can make the Quarter-Final stages, for the first time in the nation’s history. Cancer survivor and Ikale Tahi stalwart, Nasi Manu, who missed the Pacific Nations Cup due to a pectoral injury makes a much anticipated return to the red jersey, along with livewire outside back, Telusa Veainu. One new cap was named in the form of Canterbury product, Siua Maile, who edged out veteran Elvis Taione for the teams final hooking slot.

The 31-man World Cup Squad is as follows:

Paula ‘Ngauamo, Sosefo ‘Sakalia, Siua Maile – Hookers

Siegfried ‘Fisiihoi, Vunipola Fifita, Latu ‘Talakai, Siua ‘Halanukonuka, Ma’afu Fia, Ben Tameifuna – Props

Sam Lousi, Leva Fifita, Sitiveni Mafi, Maama ‘Vaipulu – Locks

Fotu ‘Lokotui, Zane ‘Kapeli, Dan Faleafa, Sione Kalamafoni, Nasi Manu – Loose Forwards

Sonatane Takulua, Leon ‘Fukofuka, Samisoni Fisilau – Scrum Halves

Kurt Morath, James ‘Faiva – Fly Halves

Siale Piutau, Malietoa Hingano, Nafi Tuitavake – Midfield

Atieli Pakalani, David Halaifonua, Viliami Lolohea, Cooper Vuna, Telusa Veainuu – Outside Backs

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