Rugby World Cup 2019 – complete info and live coverage

The Rugby World Cup starts on the 20th of September 2019 in Japan. The first match will be between Japan and Russia and will take place at the Tokyo Stadium in Chofu, after the opening ceremony. To those in Europe, the match will start at around 11:45 AM CET (that’s almost noon), while in the UK, the match will begin at 10:45 AM.

Where can you watch the tournament?

Tonga was drawn in Pool C, along with France and England and with some easier teams like Argentina and USA. Tonga’s objective is to finish third and therefore qualify for the next World Cup in France 2013.

The whole tournament will be broadcasted live in Tonga by Fiji TV, while Rugby.World will also stream live for those who do not have TV coverage. Check out the following website for more info about Rugby World Cup 2019 live streaming options and match schedule.

Tonga’s schedule and key matches

Tonga national team will start the campaign against England on 22 September 2019, at the Sapporo Dome. Of course, there’s not much to expect against England (or France, for that matter).

The first key match is on 28 September 2019 against Argentina. A win will make it easier for Tonga to achieve it’s objective on finishing third, as Argentina is the main rival who wants the third place. A draw will not be good for both teams, as they have to score a lot of points against USA and not conceive too many.

Tonga played once against Argentina and lost. But it’s hard to predict the outcome with just one match.

The next important match is on 13 October 2019, against USA. It is the easiest match for Tonga, as they already have an 8-1 record against the USA.

At last, there’s the match against France, on 6 October 2019. Tonga won 2 matches against the French, while losing 3. Of course, there are little surprises in the Rugby world, but Tonga can deliver one of them. It will be hard, though.

Tonga’s World Cup Squad

Here’s the full squad of Tonga ahead of the World Cup.

Player NamePositionDate of birth & ageCapsClub
Siua MaileHooker18 February 1997 (age 22)1Shirley Rugby Club
Paul NgauamoHooker19 February 1990 (age 29)19Agen
Sosefo SakaliaHooker14 December 1991 (age 27)10Asia Pacific Dragons
Maʻafu FiaProp22 November 1989 (age 29)6Ospreys
Vunipola FifitaProp18 February 1996 (age 23)2Brumbies
Siegfried Fisi'ihoiProp8 June 1987 (age 32)9Pau
Siua HalanukonukaProp9 August 1986 (age 33)11Glasgow Warriors
Latu TalakaiProp26 December 1989 (age 29)6Eastwood
Ben TameifunaProp30 August 1991 (age 28)11Racing 92
Leva FifitaLock29 July 1989 (age 30)15Grenoble
Sam LousiLock20 July 1991 (age 28)4Hurricanes
Steve MafiLock9 December 1989 (age 29)32London Irish
Daniel FaleafaLoose forward13 February 1989 (age 30)22Austin Elite
Sione KalamafoniLoose forward18 May 1988 (age 31)33Leicester Tigers
Zane KapeliLoose forward28 September 1992 (age 26)6Bay of Plenty
Fotu LokotuiLoose forward19 March 1992 (age 27)9Kagifa Samoa
Nasi ManuLoose forward15 August 1988 (age 31)3Benetton
Maama VaipuluLoose forward21 July 1989 (age 30)8Castres
Samisoni FisilauHalf-back29 November 1987 (age 31)19Auckland Marist
Leon FukofukaHalf-back8 September 1994 (age 25)7Kagifa Samoa
Sonatane TakuluaHalf-back11 January 1991 (age 28)34Newcastle Falcons
James FaivaFirst five-eighth13 June 1994 (age 25)5El Salvador
Kurt MorathFirst five-eighth13 November 1984 (age 34)37Doncaster Knights
Mali HinganoCentre27 January 1992 (age 27)4Bayonne
Siale Piutau (c)Centre13 October 1985 (age 33)39Bristol Rugby
Nafi TuitavakeCentre21 January 1989 (age 30)13Unattached
Viliami LoloheaWing4 July 1993 (age 26)9Papatoetoe
Atieli PakalaniWing2 August 1989 (age 30)10Eastwood
Cooper VunaWing5 July 1987 (age 32)13Newcastle Falcons
David HalaifonuaFullback5 July 1987 (age 32)33Coventry
Telusa VeainuFullback26 December 1990 (age 28)9Leicester Tigers