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    Tonga omit Folau, pick uncapped Coleman for World Cup

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    August 22, 2023 1:13AM


    Former Australia fullback Israel Folau missed out on Tonga's Rugby World Cup squad while former Wallabies teammate Adam Coleman was picked even though he's yet to play for Tonga.

    Tonga included five former New Zealand players: Malakai Fekitoa, who won the 2015 World Cup with the All Blacks, Charles Piutau, Augustine Pulu, Vaea Fifita and George Moala.

    Moala was chosen even though he's due to miss the first two World Cup games because of a five-game suspension that he is appealing.

    Moala was red-carded for a tip tackle against Canada on August 10. His appeal hearing is on Thursday.

    A knee injury has undone Folau. He played 73 tests for the Wallabies, including the 2015 World Cup final, but his contract was cancelled in 2019 for intolerant views on a range of social issues citing his religious viewpoint.

    Another key back in Stade Francais fullback Telusa Veainu, Tonga's top try-scorer at the 2019 World Cup, was staying home due to a hamstring problem. One more player is still to be named.

    Coleman played 38 tests for the Wallabies from 2016-19, including their quarterfinal exit at the last World Cup. His father Pau'u Afeaki captained Tonga in 1983 before dying when Coleman was 12. The lock hasn't been available while moving to France from London Irish, which folded last season.

    Captain Sonatane Takulua recently became the first Tonga player to reach a half-century of caps, and was one of two players along with Paula Ngauamo set to appear in their third Rugby World Cup.

    "It's a squad I'm very proud to coach and I know all the players are looking forward to representing their families and all Tongans around the globe with pride," coach Toutai Kefu said.

    Tonga are grouped with Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and Romania.

    TONGA RUGBY WORLD CUP SQUAD


    Forwards: Sosefo 'Apikotoa, Adam Coleman, Vaea Fifita, Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, Feao Fotuaika, Solomone Funaki, Tanginoa Halaifonua, Sione Havili Talitui, Tau Kolomatangi, Paula Latu, Samiuela Lousi, Sitiveni Mafi, Siua Maile, Samiuela Moli, Paula Ngauamo, Semisi Paea, Ben Tameifuna, Sione Vailanu.

    Backs: Pita Ahki, Malakai Fekitoa, William Havili, Fine Inisi, Solomone Kata, Otumaka Mausia, George Moala, Manu Paea, Charles Piutau, Augustine Pulu, Sonatane Takulua (capt), Kyren Taumoefolau, Afusipa Taumoepeau, Anzelo Tuitavuki.

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    Thoughts and Prayers Izzy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    Thoughts and Prayers Izzy
    now,now Jargs,lol

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    In other headlines, "Injury rules Folau out of Tonga Squad"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
    In other headlines, "Injury rules Folau out of Tonga Squad"...
    "God's Plan Rules out Israel Folau"







    I'll stop now...

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    I'd prefer that than the implication that Tonga chose not to select him, rather than he wasn't available for selection due to injury.

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