Ofahengaue named in star-studded Tonga squad
Brisbane forward Joe Ofahengaue has been chosen to represent Tonga for their Pacific Test showdown with Samoa next Saturday, which indicates Queensland have not selected him in their squad for the second State of Origin match.
Ofahengaue was considered a strong chance of being called up by the Maroons after a string of powerhouse performances for the Broncos but he has been named in a star-studded Tongan side alongside the likes of Sharks prop Andrew Fifita and Cowboys lock Jason Taumalolo.
Warriors duo David Fusitu'a (foot) and Solomone Kata (hamstring) were ruled out because of injury, along with Broncos second-rower Tevita Pangai jnr, who has a rib complaint.
Tonga will take on Samoa at Campbelltown Stadium as part of a double-header which also features Fiji taking on Papua New Guinea.
Coach Kristian Woolf said he would likely add more players to the 17-Tongan man squad later in the week.
Mate Ma'a squad
Andrew Fifita (Cronulla Sharks)
Addin Fonua-Blake (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
Moeaki Fotuaika (Gold Coast Titans)
Siliva Havilli (Canberra Raiders)
Ata Hingano (New Zealand Warriors)
Will Hopoate (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)
Konrad Hurrell (Gold Coast Titans)
Michael Jennings (Parramatta Eels)
Robert Jennings (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Sione Katoa (Penrith Panthers)
Tuimoala Lolohea (Wests Tigers)
Manu Ma'u (Parramatta Eels)
Joe Ofahengaue (Brisbane Broncos)
Junior Tatola (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland Cowboys)
Sio Siua Taukieaho (Sydney Roosters)
Peni Terepo (Parramatta Eels)
Daniel Tupou (Sydney Roosters)