Tonga have signed prominent international coaches Tim Lane, Dave Ellis and Mark Bakewell to help guide the islanders' build up to the next World Cup, the Tonga Rugby Union announced on Sunday.
This file photo shows Tonga's No8 Viliami Ma'afu (C) celebrating with teammates after their 2011 Rugby World Cup pool match vs France, in Wellington, last October. Tonga fell just short of making the play-offs when they beat eventual finalists France 19-14 in pool play but were later surprisingly beat by Canada which cost them a qualifying position.
The three will work as assistants to Mana Otai on two-year contracts which are open for extension to after the 2015 World Cup.
This article is older than 60 days, which we reserve for our premium members only.You can subscribe to our premium member subscription, here.