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Mateo to lead Tonga against Kiwis
Tonga have named their team for tomorrow's one-off test against the Kiwis in Rotorua.
Parramatta's Feleti Mateo will lead the team. He played against the Kiwis in last year's equivalent contest, a build-up match before the Rugby League World Cup.
The match serves as a build-up for Tonga's bid in the forthcoming Pacific Cup in Papua New Guinea. The winner of that tournament will join the Kiwis, Kangaroos and England in the 2010 Four Nations in Australasia.
Tonga's team also includes Warrior Ukuma Ta'ai, former Warriors back rower and 2006-07 Kiwi Epalahame Lauaki and Newcastle second rower Richard Fa'aoso. Ta'ai will become a double international after previously representing Tonga in rugby.
The starting side:
1 TOSHIO LAISENI 2 SAM HUIHAHAU 3 PITA MAILE 4 SIUATONGA LIKILIKI 5 ETUATE UAISELE 6 FELETI MATEO (c) 7 EDDIE PAEA 8 EPALAHAME LAUAKI 9 ELIAKIM UASI 10 RICHARD FA'AOSO 11 UKUMA TA'AI 12 VILIAMI MATAK 13 ATELEA VEA
Interchange: 14 JOEL TAUFA'AO 15 SIONE TOVO 16 SIOSAIA VAVE 17 PAKI AFU 18 NAFE SELUINI