Nili Latu

Latu and Takulua line up for Tonga in Fiji

Tuesday 7 June 2016

Newcastle Falcons' Nili Latu will captain Tonga on Saturday as they start their Pacific Nations Cup campaign away to reigning champions Fiji.

The clash at ANZ Stadium in the Fijian capital of Suva sees Newcastle's players' player of the season joined by club-mate Sonatane Takulua, the Tongans having landed in Fiji on Monday.

They could well be lining up against one of the Falcons' 10 summer signings, with wing/centre Vereniki Goneva part of the Fiji squad preparing for Saturday's 3pm local time kick-off (4am UK time).

Latu, Tonga's most-capped player of all time, told the Fiji Times newspaper: "So far we're pleased with where we are at the moment.

"For the experienced players it is their wealth of knowledge about the game that counts. I have been playing for Tonga for a very long time, hopefully whatever I can do on the field will get the boys going. We know how important this tournament is."

PACIFIC NATIONS CUP FIXTURES

Sat June 11: Fiji v Tonga (Suva)

Sat June 18: Fiji v Samoa (Suva)

Sat June 25: Samoa v Tonga (Apia)

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