Tonga change one for Italy

Date published: November 24 2016

Tonga head coach Tutai Kefu has made just one change to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with Italy in Padova.

Kefu has kept faith with most of his charges, who started in last weekend's 20-17 win over the USA, with the only alteration being the selection of David Halaifonua at full-back in place of Telusa Veainu.

An interesting addition to the replacements bench is Worcester Warriors winger Cooper Vuna. The two-Test Wallaby international qualifies for Tonga after representing the Pacific Islanders in an Olympic Sevens qualifier in Monaco earlier this year.

Tonga are ranked 15th, two spots below Italy, on the World Rugby rankings.

Tonga: 15 David Halaifonua, 14 Nafi Tu’Itavake, 13 Siale Piutau, 12 Latiume Fosita, 11 Fetu’U Vainikolo, 10 Kali Hala, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 8 Tevita Koloamatangi, 7 Jack Ram, 6 Dan Faleafa, 5 Jon Tu’Ineau, 4 Steve Mafi, 3 Siua Halanukonuka, 2 Paula Ngauamo, 1 Tevita Mailau 
Replacements: 16 Elvis Taione, 17 Paea Fa’Anunu, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Valentino Mapapalangi, 20 Kotoni Ale, 21 Tomasi Palu, 22 Tevita Taufui, 23 Cooper Vuna

Date: Saturday, November 26
Venue: Stadio Euganeo, Padova
Kick-off: 15:00 local (14.00 GMT)
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Alex Ruiz (France), Andrew Brace (Ireland)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)