Tonga change six

Date published: October 2 2015

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Coach Mana Otai has made six changes to his squad ahead of the Pool C fixture against Argentina at the Leicester City Stadium on Sunday.

Two of those changes will occur in the front row, where Elvis Taoine comes into the team ahead of Aleki Lutui, while Halani ‘Aulika replaces Sila Puafisi in the tighthead position.

There are more changes in the forward pack, with Tukulua Lokotui taking the place of Hale T-Pole in the second row.

Nili Latu will return to the squad this weekend and start at the side of the scrum, at the expense of Jack Ram, who will not feature in the squad at all on Sunday.

In the build-up to this match much has been said about the age of the Tonga squad and naturally the experience will be a critical aspect ahead of the trip to Leicester.

Otai's squad has an average age of 31, making it the oldest squad in World Cup history. In addition, the starting XV has combined total of 349 caps.

Tonga: 15 Vungakoto Lilo, 14 Telusa Veainu, 13 Siale Piutau, 12 Sione Piukala, 11 Fetu'u Vainikolo, 10 Kurt Morath, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 8 Viliami Ma'afu, 7 Nili Latu (c), 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Joseph Tuineau, 4 Tukulua Lokotui, 3 Halani 'Aulika, 2 Elvis Taione, 1 Soane Tonga'uiha
Replacements: 16 Aleki Lutui, 17 Sona Taumalolo, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Opeti Fonua, 21 Samisoni Fisilau, 22 Latiume Fosita, 23 David Halaifonua

Date: Sunday, October 4
Venue: Leicester City Stadium
Kick-off: 13:30 (GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistance referees: Glen Jackson, Mike Fraser
TMO: Ben Skeen

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