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 Name||Position||Date of birth & age||Caps||Club|
|Siua Maile||Hooker||18 February 1997 (age 22)||1||Shirley Rugby Club|
|Paul Ngauamo||Hooker||19 February 1990 (age 29)||19||Agen|
|Sosefo Sakalia||Hooker||14 December 1991 (age 27)||10||Asia Pacific Dragons|
|Maʻafu Fia||Prop||22 November 1989 (age 29)||6||Ospreys|
|Vunipola Fifita||Prop||18 February 1996 (age 23)||2||Brumbies|
|Siegfried Fisi'ihoi||Prop||8 June 1987 (age 32)||9||Pau|
|Siua Halanukonuka||Prop||9 August 1986 (age 33)||11||Glasgow Warriors|
|Latu Talakai||Prop||26 December 1989 (age 29)||6||Eastwood|
|Ben Tameifuna||Prop||30 August 1991 (age 28)||11||Racing 92|
|Leva Fifita||Lock||29 July 1989 (age 30)||15||Grenoble|
|Sam Lousi||Lock||20 July 1991 (age 28)||4||Hurricanes|
|Steve Mafi||Lock||9 December 1989 (age 29)||32||London Irish|
|Daniel Faleafa||Loose forward||13 February 1989 (age 30)||22||Austin Elite|
|Sione Kalamafoni||Loose forward||18 May 1988 (age 31)||33||Leicester Tigers|
|Zane Kapeli||Loose forward||28 September 1992 (age 26)||6||Bay of Plenty|
|Fotu Lokotui||Loose forward||19 March 1992 (age 27)||9||Kagifa Samoa|
|Nasi Manu||Loose forward||15 August 1988 (age 31)||3||Benetton|
|Maama Vaipulu||Loose forward||21 July 1989 (age 30)||8||Castres|
|Samisoni Fisilau||Half-back||29 November 1987 (age 31)||19||Auckland Marist|
|Leon Fukofuka||Half-back||8 September 1994 (age 25)||7||Kagifa Samoa|
|Sonatane Takulua||Half-back||11 January 1991 (age 28)||34||Newcastle Falcons|
|James Faiva||First five-eighth||13 June 1994 (age 25)||5||El Salvador|
|Kurt Morath||First five-eighth||13 November 1984 (age 34)||37||Doncaster Knights|
|Mali Hingano||Centre||27 January 1992 (age 27)||4||Bayonne|
|Siale Piutau (c)||Centre||13 October 1985 (age 33)||39||Bristol Rugby|
|Nafi Tuitavake||Centre||21 January 1989 (age 30)||13||Unattached|
|Viliami Lolohea||Wing||4 July 1993 (age 26)||9||Papatoetoe|
|Atieli Pakalani||Wing||2 August 1989 (age 30)||10||Eastwood|
|Cooper Vuna||Wing||5 July 1987 (age 32)||13||Newcastle Falcons|
|David Halaifonua||Fullback||5 July 1987 (age 32)||33||Coventry|
|Telusa Veainu||Fullback||26 December 1990 (age 28)||9||Leicester Tigers|