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Strong Tongan squad named for historic Kangaroos Test

Wests Tigers centre Mahe Fonua has been named in the train-on squad for Tonga's upcoming Test match against Australia at Mount Smart Stadium on October 20.

The 25-year-old has appeared five times for Mate Ma'a Tonga, including recently at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, and has been named in the 29-man preliminary squad by Coach Kristian Woolf.

Fonua has been named in the squad by 2018 teammate and departing Wests Tigers playmaker Tuimoala Lolohea, who will make the move to English Super League and link up with Leeds Rhinos in 2019.

Woolf has named a number of star players for the clash, including the likes of Andrew Fifita, Jason Taumalolo, Tevita Pangai Junior and the NRL's leading try-scorer in 2018 David Fusitu'a, while also listing rookie forwards Scott Sorensen and Moeaki Fotuaika, who are yet to make their international debuts.

The squad also features five Super League players — Sika Manu (Hull FC), Samisoni Langi, Sam Moa (both Catalans Dragons), Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warrington Wolves) and Ukuma Ta'ai (Huddersfield).

The Test will be the first time that Tonga have faced Australia in a Test match that promises to be one of the highlights of the season following the Pacific minnow's rise to prominence in recent years.

The final Mate Ma'a Tonga squad will be announced next month before entering a 10-day training camp.

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Andrew Fifita   Cronulla Sharks 
Addin Fonua-Blake   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Mahe Fonua   Wests Tigers
Moeaki Fotuaika   Gold Coast Titans
David Fusitu'a   New Zealand Warriors
Siliva Havili   Canberra Raiders
Ata Hingano   Canberra Raiders
Will Hopoate   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 
Konrad Hurrell   Gold Coast Titans
Michael Jennings   Parramatta Eels
Robert Jennings   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Solomone Kata   New Zealand Warriors
Sione Katoa   Penrith Panthers
Samisoni Langi   Catalans Dragons
Tuimoala Lolohea   Wests Tigers
Sika Manu  Hull FC
Sam Moa   Catalans Dragons
Ben Murdoch-Masila   Warrington Wolves
Joe Ofahengaue   Brisbane Broncos
Tevita Pangai Junior   Brisbane Broncos
Agnatius Paasi   New Zealand Warriors
Leivaha Pulu   New Zealand Warriors
Scott Sorensen   Cronulla Sharks
Ukuma Ta'ai   Huddersfield Giants
Jason Taumalolo   North Queensland Cowboys
Junior Tatola   South Sydney Rabbitohs 
Sio Siua Taukeiaho   Sydney Roosters
Peni Terepo   Parramatta Eels
Daniel Tupou   Sydney Roosters
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