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Tonga name 30-man Rugby World Cup squad

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Tonga have named a 30-man squad for the Rugby World Cup with it featuring a mix of youth and experience.

Tonga - who will face Georgia, Namibia, Argentina and New Zealand in Pool C - have named a squad which features mainstays Nili Latu, Aleki Lutui, Will Helu and Siale Piutau alongside Gloucester trio David Halaifonua, Sione Kalamafoni and Sila Puafisi.

They feature alongside Telusa Veainu, Viliami Tahitu'a and Sosefo Ma'ake who made their debuts in the recent Pacific Nations Cup. Tonga will name a further 31st player in due course.

Forwards:

Tevita Mailau (Perpignan), Alisona Taumalolo (Grenoble), Soane Tonga'uiha (Oyonnax), Halani Aulika (London Irish), Sila Puafisi (Gloucester), Elvis Taione (Exeter Chiefs), Paula Ngauamo (Mont de Marson), Aleki Lutui (Ampthill RFC), Tukulua Lokotui (Beziers), Joeseph Tiuneau (Dax), Steve Mafi (Western Force), Opeti Fonua (Leicester Tigers), Hala T-Pole (Otago), Nili Latu (Newcastle Falcons), Jack Ram (Auckland Blues), Viliami Ma'afu (Oyonnax), Sione Kalamafoni (Gloucester)

Backs:

Sonatane Takulua (Newcastle Falcons), Samisoni Fisilau (Jersey RFC), Sosefo Ma'ake (Havelu Bulldogs), Kurt Morath (Biarritz), Latiume Fosita (Doncaster), Sione Piukala (Perpignan), Siale Piutau (Yamaha), Viliami Tahitu'a (Northland), Fetu'u Vainikolo (Oyonnax), Telusa Veainu (Melbourne Rebels), Tevita Halaifonua (Gloucester), William Helu (Edinburgh), Vungakoto Lilo (Montauban)