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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 September, 2003, 17:19 GMT 18:19 UK
Inoke Afeaki
Inoke Afeaki
Born: 12/07/73
Position: Flanker
Team: Secom, Japan
Debut: 26/05/95 v France
Past World Cups: 1995
Did you know? Inoke's father Etuate played for Tonga in the 1970s
Armed with a wealth of experience and talent, Afeaki has proved the perfect choice for leading the Tongans into action at the World Cup.

At 6ft 5in, the 30-year-old skipper is an awesome presence in the second row, as well as possessing useful ball skills for a man of his size.

Brought up in Wellington since the age of three, Afeaki learnt his trade in New Zealand before playing several seasons with the Ricoh Rugby Club in Japan.

He returned to New Zealand in 1998 to play for Wellington in the National Provincial Championship and was called up to the Hurricanes for the Super 12, where he played four seasons.

The occasional flanker turned down the chance to play for the Hurricanes in the 2003 Super 12 and instead chose to return to Japan to make sure he was able to represent Tonga in the build-up to the tournament.

This will be Afeaki's second World Cup, having made his Test debut back at the 1995 tournament, and is joined by brother Stanley and cousin Vikilani Afeaki in the squad.

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