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Court says no - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Mon, 27 Oct 2008 17:33:00 GMT
Fuifui Moimoi and Taniela Tuiaki could participate in a game of rock-paper-scissors this evening. But they will not play for Tonga tonight against Ireland.
The NSW Supreme Court today refused to grant Tonga an interim injunction granting the pair the opportunity to unleash their inner beast on Ireland.
BUT Justice Richard White did say the pair may be entitled to play in the finals or semi-finals of the tournament, if Tonga reaches that point. So it’s not all bad news.
Eels forward Moimoi and West Tigers winger Tuiaki - who have previously played for Tonga - were deemed ineligible by Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) to represent them in the World Cup as they played for New Zealand last year.
The RLIF rules that players can only transfer teams once every two years.
And so we head to Parramatta Stadium where Tonga and Ireland will be looking for their first win of the tournament at each other’s expense.
Tonga will carry some formidable NRL heavyweights out onto the field including Feleti Mateo, Micheal Jennings, Antonio Kaufusi and Awen Guttenbeil.
Ireland will look to Wayne Kerr for inspiration and various other stars of the English Super League and the National League One to cause a big upset.
Whoever tops Pool 3 will go into a play-off match against the winner of Pool 2 with a World Cup semi-final spot at stake. There is plenty up for grabs in this battle of the behemoths.
These are tonight’s teams:

Tonga V Ireland
Monday October 27, 6:55pm
Parramatta Stadium
GRL Tip: Tonga in a landslide


1. Fetuli Talanoa (rabbitohs)
2. Cooper Vuna (knights)
3. Michael Jennings (panthers)
4. Etuate Uaisele (eels)
5. Esikeli Tonga (Gold Coast Titans)
6. Feleti Mateo (eels)
7. Joel Taufa’ao (rabbitohs)
8. Antonio Kaufusi (Melbourne Storm/cowboys)
9. Tevita Latu (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats)
10. Awen Guttenbeil (Castleford Tigers)
11. Lopini Paea (c) (roosters)
12. Richard Fa’aoso (knights)
13. Willie Manu (Hull FC)
14. Manase Manuokafoa (rabbitohs/cowboys)
15. Sam Moa (Wests Tigers)
16. Epalahame Lauaki (NZ Warriors)
17. Kimi Uasi (Auckland Vulcans)
Coach: Jim Dymock


1. Michael Platt (Bradford Bulls)
2. Damien Blanch (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats)
3. Sean Gleeson (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats)
4. Stuart Littler (Salford City Reds)
5. Pat Richards (Wigan Warriors)
6. Scott Grix (c) (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats)
7. Karl Fitzpatrick (Salford City Reds)
8. Eamon O’Carroll (Wigan Warriors)
9. Bob Beswick (Widnes Vikings/Hailfax RLFC)
10. Ryan Tandy (Wests Tigers)
11. Ben Harrison (Warrington Wolves)
12. Lee Doran (Leigh Centurions/Widnes Vikings)
13. Simon Finnigan (Bradford Bulls/Huddersfield Giants)
14. Michael McIlorum (Wigan Warriors)
15. Liam Finn (Dewsbury Rams)
16. Gareth Haggerty (Harlequins)
17. Mick Cassidy (Barrow Raiders)

Coach: Andy Kelly - Read More, Here