The ‘Ikale Tahi team to play Manu Samoa in the 2019 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup Tournament was announced on 24 July, by the coach, Toutai Kefu.
The team arrived in Samoa early in the week and its first game of the tournament will be at Apia Park Stadium, Apia on Saturday, 27 July.
The ‘Ikale Tahi team for the Saturday game are:
Paea Fa’anunu, Loose Head;
‘Elvis Taione, Hooker;
Ben Tameifuna, Tighthead;
Leva Fifita, Lock;
Sam Lousi, Lock;
Onehunga Vavili, Blindside;
Maama Vaipulu, Openside;
Nasi Manu (C), No. 8;
Samisoni Fisilau, Scrum Half;
James Faiva, Outside Half;
Viliami Lolohea, Wing;
Cooper Vuna, Centre;
Malietoa Hingano, Centre;
Revita Halaifonua, Wing;
Nafi Tu’itavake, Fullback;
Sefo Sakalia, Front row;
Toma Taufa, Front Row;
Ma’afu Fia Front Row;
Zane Kapeli, Fotu Lokotui, Sione Vailanu, Leon Fukofuka and ‘Otumaka Mausia.
The opening games of the 2019 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup, will be on Saturday, 27 July between the Brave Blossoms against the Flying Fijians at Kamaishi, Japan and the ‘Ikale Tahi against the Manu Samoa at Apia Park, Apia, Samoa.
The Flying Fijians are the reigning champion of the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup and is currently reign eighth in the World Rugby Rankings, Japan 11th, USA 12th, Tonga 14th, Samoa 16th and Canada 20th.
The 2019 World rugby Pacific Nations Cup is considered as warm-up games for Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Japan, the USA and Canada before the 2019 Rugby World Cup kick-off in Japan on 20 September.
The 2019 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup schedule:
Tonga V Samoa, Saturday, 27 July, Apia Park, Apia Samoa.
Fiji V Japan, Saturday, 27 July, Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City.
USA V Canada, Sunday 28 July, Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado, USA.
USA V Samoa, Saturday, 3 August, ANZ Stadium, Suva, Fiji.
Fiji V Canada, Saturday, 3 August, ANZ Stadium, Suva, Fiji.
Tonga V Japan, Saturday, 3 August, Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecturem, Higashiosaka City, Japan.
Tonga V Canada, Friday, 9 August, Churchill Park, Lautoka, Fiji.
USA V Japan, Saturday, 10 August, ANZ Stadium, Suva, Fiji.
Fiji V Samoa, Saturday, 10 August, ANZ Stadium, Suva, Fiji.