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Sione Katoa has been named in the Tongan side for Saturday's huge Rugby League World Cup clash with Toa Samoa.

Kristian Woolf has brought in Warriors’ pair Solomone Kata and David Fusitu’a for the important Pool B match.

Tonga put in an impressive first-half performance against Scotland on Sunday, leading 38-0 at halftime.

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But Woolf said he was looking for some improvement after a quiet second half that finished the match at 50-4 against the Scottish team.
“To be facing such traditional rivals as Toa Samoa in a World Cup match is a huge occasion,” he said.
“We showed some good things against Scotland, but also demonstrated we have a lot of hard work to do yet.
“I am keen to have a look at both Solomone and David this weekend in what will be a very big game for both the players and the Tongan and Samoan communities here in New Zealand.”
Kata will replace Konrad Hurrell in the centres, while Fusitu’a will come on to the wing for Manu Vatuvei.
Saturday 4th November
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton – 7.30pm (5.30pm AEST)

  1. Will Hopoate
  2. Daniel Tupou
  3. Michael Jennings
  4. Solomone Kata
  5. David Fusitu’a
  6. Tuimoala Lolohea
  7. Ata Hingano
  8. Andrew Fifita
  9. Siliva Havilli
  10. Sio Siua Taukieaho
  11. Manu Ma'u
  12. Sika Manu ©
  13. Jason Taumalolo


    14. Sione Katoa
    15. Sam Moa
    16. Peni Terepo
    17. Ben Murdoch-Masila


    18. Ukuma Ta'ai
    19. Manu Vatuvei
    20. Konrad Hurrell
    21. Samisoni Langi


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