Tonga Announce Squad for 2023 Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Matches - Ruck

Tonga Announce Squad for 2023 Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Matches

Tonga have announced a stacked side for their 2023 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches, as the Sea Eagles complete their final preparations ahead of the trip to France.

EXETER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Jack Ram (R) of Tonga celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the fourth try for Tonga during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Tonga and Namibia at Sandy Park on September 29, 2015 in Exeter, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

Tonga take on Pacific Islander rivals Fiji and Samoa, before a trip to the far East to play Japan ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Tonga coach Toutai Kefu has named a 35-player squad for the Tests in July, with some high profile names amongst the squad.

Former Wallabies and London Irish lock Adam Coleman has switched allegiances to play for Tonga, after making 38 appearances for Australia. Former All Blacks Malakai Fekitoa and Charles Piutau have followed suit, after the World Rugby international eligibility laws were changed.

Charles Piutau of Bristol Bears on the break during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Gloucester Rugby and Bristol Bears at Kingsholm Stadium on December 3 2021 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

Also, former All Blacks Sevens star Pita Ahki joins up with Tonga, along with controversial ex-Wallabies player Israel Folau. Tonga have been drawn into the ‘Group of Death’, as they are set to take on South Africa, Ireland, Scotland and Romania in Pool B.

Tonga boast a decorated squad of exciting players from across Super Rugby and the Northern Hemisphere’s top leagues. Premiership fans will recognise the likes of Solomone Kata, with the former Exeter Chiefs star set for a big performance ahead of his move to Leicester Tigers next season.


Siegfried Fisi’ihoi

Feao Fotuaika

David Lolohea

Paula Ngauamo

Siua Maile

Samiuela Moli

Sosefo Sakalia

Ben Tameifuna

Tau Koloamatangi

Sosefo Apikotoa

Adam Coleman

Adam Coleman of London Irish during the European Challenge Cup match between London Irish and Toulon at Madejski Stadium on December 14 2019, Reading, England (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

Samiuela Lousi

Halaleva Fifita

Sitiveni Mafi

Vaea Fifita

Tanginoa Halaifonua

Solomone Funaki

Sione Vailanu

Lopeti Timani

Sione Havili Talitui


Sonatane Takulua

Augustine Pulu

Manu Paea

William Havili

Otumaka Mausia

Patrick Pellegrini

Pita Ahki

Malakai Fekitoa

Afusipa Taumoepeau

George Moala

Fine Inisi

Israel Folau

Solomone Kata

Charles Piutau

Kyren Taumoefolau