13 Oct 2009

Parramatta's Feleti Mateo to lead Tonga against Kiwis

4:49 pm on 13 October 2009

Parramatta's Feleti Mateo will lead Tonga in tomorrow night's one-off Rugby League test against the world champion Kiwis at Rotorua.

He also played against the Kiwis in last year's equivalent contest, a build-up match for both sides before World Cup.

The Tongan team also includes the former Warriors back rower and 2006-07 Kiwi Epalahame Lauaki.

Tomorrow night's Test is important in terms of the Kiwis' preparation for their campaign in the inaugural Four Nations in England and France.

It also serves as a build-up for Tonga 's bid in the forthcoming Pacific Cup in Papua New Guinea.

The winner will join the Kiwis, the Kangaroos and England in the 2010 Four Nations in New Zealand and Australia.