Fonua-Blake to represent Tonga
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles prop Addin Fonua-Blake will represent Tonga for the first time at Campbelltown Sports Stadium next Saturday night.
The hard running prop will take on Fiji at 5.30pm in the Pacific Test where he will line up against Manly team-mate Apisai Koroisau.
Winger Jorge Taufua was originally chosen in the Tongan team but has since withdrawn from the match.
Fonua-Blake has been strong up front for the Sea Eagles in his seven games this season after a solid 2016 season in which he played 14 games.
The 21-year-old previously represented the Junior Kiwis in 2014.
Fonua-Blake’s selected for Tonga follows a mix up last season on the representative scene.
He was originally chosen in the City Origin side but was then ruled ineligible due to his Junior Kiwis appearances.
Fonua-Blake was later rewarded for his fine form for Manly by being chosen in the New Zealand train-on squad for the Four Nations tournament.
The Sea Eagles later extended his contract until the end of 2018.
Addin Fonua-Blake 2017 Statistics
Games: 7; Minutes: 262; All Runs: 69; All Run Metres: 742; Try Assist: 1; Offloads: 2; Tackles: 100; Missed Tackles: 4; Tackle Breaks: 14; Errors: 3
Mate Ma' Tonga Squad
1. Will Hopoate – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
2. Daniel Tupou – Sydney Roosters
3. Konrad Hurrell – Gold Coast Titans
4. Brenko Lee – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
5. Moses Suli – Wests Tigers
6. Tuimoala Lolohea – New Zealand Warriors
7. Mafoa’aeata Hinganao – New Zealand Warriors
8. Leilani Latu – Penrith Panthers
9. Siliva Havili – St George Illawarra Dragons
10. Addin Fonua-Blake – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
11. Felise Kaufusi – Melbourne Storm
12. Tony Williams – Cronulla Sutherland Sharks
13. Joe Ofahengaue – Brisbane Broncos
14. Sione Katoa – Penrith Panthers
15. Patrick Kaufusi – North Queensland Cowboys
16. Leivaha Pulu – Gold Coast Titans
17. Siosaia Vave – Parramatta Eels
18. Samisoni Langi – Penrith Panthers
19. Sione Vea – Tongan Rugby League