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World Cup preview: Group C

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ITALY: Christophe Calegari (FC Lezignan XIII), Gioele Celerino (North West Roosters), Chris Centrone (North Sydney Bears), Fabrizio Ciaurro (Brescia RL), Cameron Ciraldo (Penrith Panthers), Ben Falcone (Souths Logan Magpies), Sam Gardel (Souths Logan Magpies), Ryan Ghetti (Northern Pride), Aiden Guerra (Sydney Roosters), Gavin Hiscox (Central Capras), Anthony Laffranchi (St Helens), Joshua Mantellato (Newcastle Knights), Vitaliano Mauro (Salford Red Devils), Anthony Minichiello (Sydney Roosters), Mark Minichiello (Gold Coast Titans), Raymond Nasso (Sporting Olympique Avignon XIII), Dean Parata (Parramatta Eels), Joel Riethmuller (North Queensland Cowboys), James Saltonstall (Warrington Wolves), Brendan Santi (Wests Tigers), Kade Snowden (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), James Tedesco (Wests Tigers), Ryan Tramonte (Windsor Wolves), Paul Vaughan (Canberra Raiders)

SCOTLAND: Danny Addy (Bradford Bulls), Sam Barlow (Halifax), Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Brett Carter (Workington Town), Luke Douglas (Gold Coast Titans), Dale Ferguson (Huddersfield Giants), Ben Fisher (London Broncos), Ben Hellewell (Featherstone Rovers), Andrew Henderson (Sheffield Eagles), Ian Henderson (Catalans Dragons), Alex Hurst (London Broncos), Ben Kavanagh (Widnes Vikings), Kane Linnett (Gold Coast Titans), Rhys Lovegrove (Hull KR), Gareth Moore (Batley Bulldogs), Brett Phillips (Workington Town), Matthew Russell (Gold Coast Titans), David Scott (Featherstone Rovers), Mitchell Stringer (Sheffield Eagles), Alex Szostak (Sheffield Eagles), Adam Walker (Hull KR), Jonathan Walker (Hull KR), Peter Wallace (Brisbane Broncos), Oliver Wilkes (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats)

Head coach: Steve McCormack

TONGA: Sosaia Feki (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Glen Fisi’iahi (New Zealand Warriors), Mahe Fonua (Melbourne Storm), Daniel Foster (Penrith Panthers), Sydney Havea (Liahona Old Boys), Siliva Havili (New Zealand Warriors), Konrad Hurrell (New Zealand Warriors), Brent Kite (Manly Sea Eagles), Samsoni Langi (Sydney Roosters), Siuatonga Likiliki (Newcastle Knights), Willie Manu (St Helens), Sika Manu (Penrith Panthers), Nesiasi Mataitonga (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Fuifui Moimoi (Parramatta Eels), Ben Murdoch-Masila (Wests Tigers), Mickey Paea (Hull KR), Patrick Politini (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Nafe Seluini (Sydney Roosters), Ukuma Ta’ai (Huddersfield Giants), Jorge Taufua (Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles), Jason Taumololo (North Queensland Cowboys), Peni Terepo (Parramatta Eels), Daniel Tupou (Sydney Roosters), Siosa Vave (Parramatta Eels)

Fixtures

Tues 29.10.13 Tonga vs Scotland (Workington)
Sun 03.11.13 Scotland vs Italy (Workington)
Sun 10.11.13 Tonga vs Italy (Halifax)

Key Players

Anthony Minichiello (Italy)

Anthony Minichiello comes into the World Cup on a high after captaining the Sydney Roosters to NRL Premiership glory.  Fourteen years and 275 games later, he represents Italy at this World Cup along with brother Mark.  His experience will be a calming factor in a side likely to field some non-major competition players.  He’ll be well supported by Anthony Laffranchi, Aiden Guerra and Kade Snowden.

Danny Brough (Scotland)

Danny Brough leads the Scots into battle.  He was awarded Super League’s Man of Steel in 2013 and will need to use all of his experience to lead this relatively inexperienced International side.

Jorge Taufua (Tonga)

Jorge Taufua is one of the leading wingers in the National Rugby League having scored twenty-nine tries in forty-nine matches for the Manly Sea-Eagles.  If he and inside centre Konrad Hurrell get enough ball, they could run through Scotland and Italy.

Preview

Italy off the back of some experienced NRL and Super League players surprised England in a warm up match prior to the Cup.  They should give Tonga a run for their money in the first stage of the group before they face the three teams in Group D (Wales, Cook Islands and United States).  Scotland will face early elimination with the experience of Italy and the power of Tonga to prove too much.

Prediction

Tues 29.10.13 Tonga vs Scotland (Workington) – weloveleague predicts Tonga will win
Sun 03.11.13 Scotland vs Italy (Workington) – weloveleague predicts Italy will win
Sun 10.11.13 Tonga vs Italy (Halifax) – weloveleague predicts Tonga will win

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