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Posted Monday, September 2nd 2019

Siale Piutau to captain Tonga at Rugby World Cup

Siale Piutau will captain Tonga at the forthcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan, after being named in a 33-man squad ahead of the tournament.

The experienced centre, who has made 37 appearances for his country, scored in his side's 29-19 defeat to Fiji at Eden Park on Saturday. 

Head coach, Toutai Kefu unveiled his squad in Hamilton on Monday, as Tonga ready for Saturday afternoon's clash with the All Blacks at FMG Stadium Waikato.

"We've got four tier one games in a row, including this one. We've never had that before.

“We're always asking World Rugby for more tier one games, and we've got it," said Kefu, adding "most definitely" that now meant pressure on them to show they are worthy of facing the top sides on a regular basis.”

Tonga Rugby World Cup squad:

Siegfried Fisiihoi, Vunipola Fifita, Latu Talakai, Paula Ngauamo, Sosefo Sakalia, Siua Maile, Siua Halanukonuka, Ma'afu Fia, Ben Tameifuna, Sam Lousi, Leva Fifita, Sitiveni Mafi, Sione Kalamafoni, Maama Vaipulu, Fotu Lokotui, Zane Kapeli, Dan Faleafa, Nasi Manu, Sonatane Takulua, Leon Fukofuka, Samisoni Fisilau, Kurt Morath, James Faiva, Siale Piutau (c), Malietoa Hingano, Nafi Tuitavake, Atieli Pakalani, David Halaifonua, Viliami Lolohea, Cooper Vuna, Telusa Veainu.