Former Wallaby Timani In Tongan Squad For Northern Tour
Muhammad Rameez 6 days ago Thu 14th October 2021 | 11:40 AM
Nuku'alofa, Tonga, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Oct, 2021 ) :Former Wallabies flanker Lopeti Timani was named Thursday in the Tonga team for their upcoming northern tour to play Scotland, England, the French Barbarians and Romania.
Former All Blacks midfielder Malakai Fekitoa also played in the Sevens tournament to meet the criteria to change countries but missed selection after suffering a shoulder injury last month while playing for Wasps in the English Premiership.
Tonga Rugby Union chief executive Peter Harding said coach Toutai Kefu and manager Lano Fonua had done "a great job putting this squad together" although not all players would be available for selection for all four matches.
There may yet be changes depending on flights, managed isolation arrangements and contract negotiations, and the Scotland fixture was outside the release window.
"This has taken some negotiation with clubs, undertaken by Toutai and Lano, and this has to date been successful," Harding said.
"Clubs have been good to deal with and I want to thank the French Rugby Federation for their assistance."Kefu will not travel with the team as he continues his recovery after being stabbed by intruders at his Brisbane home in August.