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Tonga make four changes

Tonga will field a team showing four changes from the side beaten by France for Friday night's Millennium Stadium appointment with Wales.

Prop Sona Taumalolo, who is serving a four-week suspension after being sent off for striking Les Bleus lock Yoann Maestri four days ago, is replaced by Melbourne Rebels' Eddie Aholelei.

Two other switches in the pack see starts for tighthead prop Sila Puafisi and number eight Viliami Ma'afu, while Latiume Fosita gains a place at fly-half.

Tonga will meet Wales for the first time since they suffered a 27-20 defeat during the 2003 World Cup, while they were beaten 51-7 on their last Millennium Stadium visit in 2001.

Team: V Lilo (Tarbes); F Vainokolo (Exeter), S Piutau (Yamaha), S Piukala (Perpignan), W Helu (Wasps); L Fosita (Northland), T Moa (Pau); E Aholelei (Melbourne Rebels), V Taione (Jersey), S Puafisi (Tasman), L Lokotui (Gloucester), J Tuineau (Lyon). S Kalamafoni (Gloucester), N Latu (NEC Rockets, capt), V Ma'afu (Oyonnax).

Replacements: S Taufalele (Counties Manakau), T Vea (Wasps), T Mailau (Mont de Marsan), H T-Pole (Southland), O Fonua (Bayonne), S Fisilau (Bay of Plenty), F Apikotoa (Marist), David Halaifonua (Hofoa).


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