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Thursday, 18 October, 2001, 19:35 GMT 20:35 UK
Old pals' act for Martens
Sililo Martens is delighted with his Tongan return
Sililo Martens is delighted with his Tongan return
Sililo Martens can't wait to get to grips with several of his Swansea team-mates when Tonga arrive in Wales during November.

Scrum half Martens has been recalled to Tongan colours for the first time in two years and is hoping there will be an All Whites connection in the international at the Millennium Stadium on 17 November.

"Obviously playing against the likes of Colin Charvis and Andy Moore is going to be fun," he said.

"Colin's already asked me to swap jerseys at the end of the game.

  Tonga schedule
November 6: v Scotland A
November 10: v Scotland
November 13: v Wales A
November 17: v Wales
"It's going to be a challenge, but it's going to be enjoyable at the same time."

Playing amongst friends is something Martens has got used to in Wales, with a host of Tongans attached to various clubs.

"We know we are going to be up against each other, but the week before we might get together for a coffee or something," he said.

"But it's good fun, especially after the match. We have a good laugh, especially if we have tried to take each other's heads off.

"We all like it in Wales, it's friendly, just like home."

On his return to the Tongan squad, Martens said he was delighted.

"It is quite strange with the selection, because we have a number of Tongans playing worldwide. I think they look around and if you're playing well they'll pick you."

Other Welsh-based squad members include Llanelli's Salesi Finau, Neath's Tevita Tiueti and Bridgend duo Maama Molitika and Siua Taumalolo.


Tonga: Forwards: Matt Te Pou, Va'a Toloke, Hale Tu'uhoko, Christopher Hala'ufia, Nisifolo Naufahu, Maama Molitika, Tevita Fifita, Inoke Afeaki (captain), Feleti Fakaongo, Fakataha Molitika, Viliami Vaki, Tevita Taumoepeau, John Pale, Francis Ula, David Briggs, Ta'u Fainga'anuku, Aleki Lutui, Viliami Ma'asi.

Backs: Sateki Tu'ipulotu, Tevita Tiueti, Taunaholo Taufahema, Solomone Matangi, Aisea Havili, Set Kiole, Epeli Taione, Siua Taumalolo, Gus Ledger, Fepikou Tatafu, Salesi Finau, Tane Tu'ipulotu, Elisi Vunipola, Vikilani Afeaki, Sililo Martens, Tony Alatini.

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