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Vunga Lilo

Pirates New Signing

With the excitement of the recent Rugby World Cup now but a memory, the Cornish Pirates have announced that one of Tonga's rugby heroes, Vunga Lilo who played full-back in all four of Tonga's World Cup games, has just signed for the club.

Vunga Lilo played at full-back in all four of Tonga's World Cup games, it a tournament that ended with heads held high.

Tonga beat the USA and South Pacific rivals Samoa, and gave eventual champions South Africa the fright of their lives before going down 30-25.

Emma Vardy with rugby boys

Emma Vardy with rugby boys

Phil Westren, spokesman for the club says the Pirates are glad to have him....

Another brave performance in a 36-20 loss to England again proved that they could compete with the best, it no surprise that the squad of rugby heroes were treated like rock stars on their return home.

"He [Vunga] had a memorable World Cup experience playing for Tonga, and we are now delighted to welcome him to Cornwall."

"He [Vunga] had a memorable World Cup experience playing for Tonga, and we are now delighted to welcome him to Cornwall"

Jim McKay, Head Coach at the Cornish Pirates

Jim McKay, Head Coach at the Cornish PiratesVunga, 24, who has also played at centre and on the wing, made his international debut earlier this year in a repechage match against Korea that confirmed Tonga's place in the World Cup. In total Vunga has represented his country on 7 occasions, scoring 4 tries and a penalty.

Commenting on playing in the World Cup, Vunga, who was married in July, said, ''It was a real honour to play in rugby's biggest event, where I really wanted to do the best for my country – as I do now for the Cornish Pirates.''

Jim McKay, head coach at the Cornish Pirates, commented: ''Vunga is a utility back who will give us various options and increase the competition for places. He had a memorable World Cup experience playing for Tonga, and we are now delighted to welcome him to Cornwall.''

Vunga Lilo – Profile
Full name...............Vungakoto Filimone Lilo
Date of birth...........28/2/83
Place of birth..........Ha'apai (Tonga)
Height....................6' 4''         (1.93m)
Weight...................15st 6lbs  (98kg)
Position..................Full-back/Centre/Wing
Previous club/s...... Fanga Rugby Club (Fanga'o Pilalevu)

last updated: 26/11/07

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