Hull FC back rower Sika Manu has made a miraculous recovery from a knee injury to make the Tonga squad for their game against Australia.
The Pacific Islanders are set to play the Kangaroos for the first ever time on Saturday October 20th in Auckland.
Captaining Tonga, Manu will once again lead out the side, which contains a hefty chunk of NRL talent alongside just one over Super League player in Ben Murdoch-Masila.
Up the Cream has been unable to verify whether or not Manu hired Danny McGuire’s physio to get over his latest injury.
Andrew Fifita – Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Addin Fonua-Blake – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
David Fusitu’a – NZ Warriors
Siliva Havilli – Canberra Raiders
Ata Hingano – Canberra Raiders
Will Hopoate – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Konileti Hurrell – Gold Coast Titans
Michael Jennings – Parramatta Eels
Solomone Kata – NZ Warriors
Sione Katoa – Penrith Panthers
Tuimoala Lolohea – Wests Tigers
Sika Manu – Hull FC
Ben Murdoch-Masilla – Warrington Wolves
Joe Ofahengaue – Brisbane Broncos
Tevita Pangai Junior – Brisbane Broncos
Jason Taumalolo – North Qld Cowboys
Sio Siua Taukeiaho – Sydney Roosters
Peni Terepo – Parramatta Eels
Daniel Tupou – Sydney Roosters
Manu is the fifth Hull FC player to gain representative selection this Autumn, with Jake Connor in the England squad, Hakim Miloudi in the French squad and Hull-born trio Dean Hadley, Jamie Shaul and Brad Fash all in the England Knights squad that is touring Papua New Guinea.
As always UTC will have full report and reaction on England’s test games. The next fanzine comes out at the first test against New Zealand at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday 27th October.