Rebel replaces banned Taumalolo
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Melbourne Rebels prop Eddie Aholelei replaces the suspended Sona Taumalolo in the Tonga front row for Friday’s Test against Wales in Cardiff.
Aholelei steps into the No.1 jersey after Taumalolo received a four-week ban for his red card against France last weekend.
Aholelei is one of four changes to the side that lost 18-38 to Les Bleus.
Also in the front row, Sila Puafisi starts at tighthead in place of Tevita Mailau, Viliami Ma'afu displaces Taniela Moa at No.8 and Latiume Fosita starts at flyhalf ahead of Fangatapu 'Apikotoa.
Tonga: 15 Vunga Lilo, 14 Fetu'u Vainikolo, 13 Siale Piutau, 12 Sione Piukala, 11 Viliami Helu 10 Latiume Fosita, 9 Taniela Moa, 8 Viliami Ma'afu, 7 Nili Latu (captain), 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Joe Tu'ineau, 4 Lua Lokotui, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 Vaea Taione, 1 Eddie Aholelei.
Replacements: 16 Suliasi Taufalele, 17 Taione Vea, 18 Tevita Mailau, 19 Hale T Pole, 20 Opeti Fonua, 21 Samisoni Fisilau, 22 Fangatapu 'Apikotoa, 23 David Halaifonua.
Date: Friday, November 22
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-off: 19:30 (19.30 GMT)
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Luke Pearce (England)
TMO: Carlo Damasco (Italy)