- Manu to lead Tonga in World Cup quarter-final
- Tonga take on Lebanon this Saturday
- Hull’s Player of the Year only FC representative in the last eight stage
Hull FC’s reigning Player of the Year Sika Manu will captain Tonga this Saturday against Lebanon in the quarter-finals as they aim to create history.
A win for the Tongans would see them reach the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in their history, where they would face either England or Papua New Guinea.
Hull back rower Manu, a World Cup winner with New Zealand in 2008, has captained Tonga throughout this tournament and will lead the nation once again this Saturday against Lebanon.
Tonga shocked the rugby league world last weekend in the final round of group stage games as they overcame the Kiwis in Hamilton to finish top of Group B.
Black and Whites prop Scott Taylor hasn’t been named in England’s 21-man squad for their last eight showdown against the Kumuls on Sunday despite making his World Cup debut last time out in the win over France.
The tournament came to a close for a number of Hull representatives last weekend who were unable to progress beyond the group stages, with Italy skipper Mark Minichiello unable to inspire his nation to a place in the quarter-finals.
Bureta Faraimo, who will link up with the Airlie Birds ahead of the 2018 campaign, saw his tournament finish with USA after they were defeated by Papua New Guinea.
Assistant coach of Scotland Andy Last saw the Bravehearts put in a valiant performance against Samoa, taking a 14-all draw where a win would have seen them reach the quarter-finals.