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Thursday, 25 July, 2002, 16:45 GMT 17:45 UK

Bulls pair lead Tonga's hopes

Bradford pair Tevita Vaikona and Lesley Vainikolo will spearhead Tonga's challenge in the rugby sevens tournament at the Commonwealth Games.

The two wingers will line-up for the Bulls for their Super League match against Castleford at Valley Parade on Friday.

Vainikolo, who is nicknamed "The Volcano", and the 27-year-old Vaikona have been coaching the Tongan side.

And they will feature in Tonga's opening game on Saturday in Manchester, providing they come through the match against the Tigers unscathed.

Tonga are the 10th seeds at the Games and have been drawn in Pool B along with South Africa, Wales and Sri Lanka.


Commonwealth Games sevens draw & seeding

Pool A
New Zealand
Scotland
Canada
Niue

Pool B
South Africa
Wales
Tonga
Sri Lanka

Pool C
England
Samoa
Cook Islands
Kenya

Pool D
Fiji
Australia
Malaysia
Trinidad & Tobago


Seeds:
1 New Zealand
2 South Africa
3 England
4 Fiji
5 Australia
6 Samoa
7 Wales
8 Scotland
9 Canada
10 Tonga
11 Cook Islands
12 Malaysia
13 Trinidad & Tobago
14 Kenya
15 Sri Lanka
16 Niue Islands

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