Pitau returns to captain Tonga

The Tonga Rugby’s line up against Japan at the Pacific Nations Cup tomorrow sees the return of captain Siale Piutau.

Piutau was absent from last weekend’s loss against Samoa, with Elvis Taione given the captain’s armband in his absence.

Former Highlander and current Benetton representative Nasi Manu was originally named to captain last week’s side, but was changed late in the week.

Taione will be given a rest this weekend. Instead, Sosefo Sakalia will pack down at hooker with Ma’afu Fia taking Ben Tameifuna’s spot on the tighthead.

The Toutai Kefu coached side will feature most of its experience players such as Cooper Vuna, Steve Mafi, Siale Piutau to name a few.

The side lost their first round to Samoa 25-17 in Apia last weekend.

Tonga will play against Japan in Osaka on Saturday

Tonga rugby squad to face Japan:

1.Paea Fa’anunu 2.Sefo Sakalia 3.Ma’afu Fia 4.Steve Mafi 5.Leva Fifita 6. Daniel Faleafa 7.Fotu Lokotui 8.Ma’ama Vaipulu 9. 10.Latiume Fosita 11.Ateli Pakalani 12.Cooper Vuna 13.Siale Piutau