New Recruits Earn International Call-Ups

New recruits Manu Ma'u and Ligi Sao have both received international call-ups over night for the upcoming Autumn international fixtures.

New recruits Manu Ma’u and Ligi Sao have both received international call-ups over night for the upcoming Autumn international fixtures.

Manu Ma’u who will join the Black & Whites from Parramatta Eels in December has been called up to represent Tonga in their mouth-watering clashes against Great Britain and Australia in the Southern Hemisphere.

The former Kiwi representatives switched allegiances to Tonga in 2015, and was a key player for Kristen Woolf’s men during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, and has gone on to make eight appearances for the side since.

He will line up alongside the likes of Andrew Fifita and Jason Taumalolo, as well as Super League stars Ben Murdoch-Masila, Tuimoala Lolohea and Konrad Hurrell.

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Meanwhile, fellow NRL recruit Ligi Sao will pull on the Samoan jersey for his native country in the Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s later this month.

Sao, who will join the club from New Zealand Warriors, will feature in the competition at Sydney’s Bankwest Stadium.

Sao made his first appearance for Samoa last year against Tonga.

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Meanwhile elsewhere on the international scene, Bureta Faraimo and Jake Connor will both be involved in the 9s competition, representing the USA and England respectively. Connor will also line up for Great Britain in their tour fixtures.

Josh Jones will also be in contention to represent Great Britain in their tour fixtures.

Kieran Buchanan has been selected to represent Scotland for their Rugby League World Cup qualifying games against Serbia and Greece.

Masi Matongo and Josh Bowden have also been called up for England Knights and could play in the fixture against Jamaica at Headingley.

Outgoing veteran forward Mark Minichiello will also play for Italy in their qualifiers against Spain and Ireland.

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