Rugby World Cup 2019: Live updates - England v Tonga

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England 35 - 3 Tonga

80 min: Full time, thats that from this match, great effort from Tonga and a decent game from England but they need to be much better. 

77 min: TRY - England, finally England are able to score again and it's Luke Cowan-Dickie. Kick is good. England 35 - 3 Tonga

74 min: Watson makes a great run! Beats six tacklers, England try and spin the ball wide but Slade's pass is thrown out. 

72 min: Tonga really do deserve a try here, but im not sure they're going to get one.

70 min: Shock, another England knock on. 

67 min: England clear from their own line and Tonga will mount another attack. 

63 min: Wow, another knock on, this is tough to watch here for English fans. 

62 min: This is another handling error now for England, pretty scrappy to be fair and definately less then convincing. 

60 min: Penalty won by Tonga as Slade is caught at the breakdown. 

57 min: TRY - England, massive driving maul from England and it's hooker Jamie George who scores. Kick is good. England 28 - 3 Tonga. 

56 min: Another penalty to England, can they score a try here?

52 min: Englang knock the ball on again, just five metres out from Tonga's line this time. 

51 min: Another knock on from England, guilty of overplaying here.

50 min: After a big passage of attack from Tonga, Underhill makes another big turnover. 

46 min: Knock on from England, Tuilagi is running and running. Could be in for his third here soon.

45 min: Another penalty goes the way of England and they will kick for touch. 

41 min: Early penalty for England, Tuilagi starting to dominate now! They take the three. England 21 - 3 Tonga

41 min: Back underway! 

Half time!

41 min: Tonga win a penalty, and will kick for touch. 

39 min: Knock on from England and Tonga will have a scrum near halfway. 

36 min: Penalty goes against Tonga on their own line, England will take the three. England 18 - 3 Tonga

34 min: Penalty won at the breakdown from England - Tom Curry dominates there. They will kick for touch. 

31 min: TRY - England, thats more like it from England, they spread the ball wide, May makes a break and finds Tuilagi for his second. Kick is good. England 15 - 3 Tonga

30 min: A lineout move goes wrong for England and they are tackled out. 

29 min: England win a penalty and will kick down field. 

26 min: Tonga win a penalty off the kick and they will kick for goal. It's wide. 

24 min: England go over again, it's Tuilagi this time, now it's given! TRY - England. Maybe a tough call for Tonga as there was no clear evidence, but it was called try on-field. Kick is wide. England 8 - 3 Tonga

23 min: England go within inches of scoring but Sam Underhill can't get the ball down - scrum England. 

19 min: Another penalty won by Tonga, dominating at the breakdown.

19 min: Very nice from England who get out of trouble there, Farrell with a perfect kick. 

17 min: Some more great work at the breakdown! Tonga come up with another penalty.

16 min: A kick from England and Sonatane Takulua is smashed in the tackle by Manu Tuilagi, great hit. Tonga will feed the scrum. 

13 min: A massive hit! Billy Vunipola is rocked by Zane Kapeli and then Tonga go and win a penalty. They will kick for points. It's good. England 3 - 3 Tonga.

12 min: This is being played at a pretty quick pace, Tonga not looking to make any mistakes at the back. 

9 min: Advantage here for England who look very good, very quick back three! England will kick for goal. It's good. England 3 - 0 Tonga.

7 min: Very close for England, a cross-field kick to Watson and he can't hang onto it, scrum feed here for Tonga. 

6 min: Tonga look well up for this, kicking the ball well and throwing the ball around, good start so far. 

5 min: England kick the ball away and it goes out, Tonga lineout. 

3 min: Some good work from Tonga but they knock the ball on, England scrum. 

2 min: Early penalty goes the way of Tonga, good work at the breakdown. 

1 min: Kick off here under the dome! Lets go! 


Really looking forward to this clash, can Tonga shock the world and upset one of the favourites? or will England have too much class? 

Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's coverage of the Rugby World Cup match between England and Tonga from Sapporo Dome.

Commentary from 10:15 pm

TAB Odds: England $1.001 Tonga $36 

Pre-game chat: Pacific Island players making waves for other teams

Look around contact-sports teams anywhere in the world, and you’ll see names that remind you of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and the wider Pacific.

Whether it's the NFL, NRL, ARL or Super Rugby - not to mention top competitions in Europe, Asia and the Americas - you’ll find superstars of Pacific descent.

This year's Rugby World Cup will act as a massive showcase of their characteristic exciting, aggressive and immensely physical talent. Here are the stories behind some of those stars.

Manu Tuilagi (England)


Tuilagi has been a fan favourite for England rugby supporters ever since his backline debut in 2011.

Born in Samoa, his parents decided to name him 'Manusamoa', after older brother Freddie made the 1991 World Cup squad for Samoa that year.

In fact, Manu has five older brothers who all played for Samoa, but since he grew up and played most of his rugby in England, he felt he identified as more English than Samoan.

Tuilagi is no stranger to controversy, especially at Rugby World Cups. In 2011, he was fined for wearing a sponsored mouthguard, before being arrested by NZ police for jumping off a ferry into the Auckland harbour.

Marika Koroibete (Australia)


Koroibete's story is similar to many rugby league converts.

Scouted as a teenager in Fiji, he was signed to the Wests Tigers NRL club and went on to play five try-filled seasons of rugby league. He also represented Fiji seven times.

In 2016, just weeks after playing in the NRL Grand Final for Melbourne Storm, he was selected in the Wallabies squad to tour Europe at the end of the year.

He's now recorded 18 caps for Australia. Watch out for his pace on the wing - he can run 100m in 10.7s and 40m in just 4.8s.

Samu Kerevi (Australia)


Samuela Kerevi may have been born in Fiji, but after moving to Australia at the age of seven, his link to another country is not at all tenuous.

Raised by a father who represented Fiji in football and with a brother, Josua, who played for Fiji at U20 level, his pedigree is also unquestioned.

You may know him as the captain and centre/second-five for the Reds in Super Rugby.

Taniela Tupou (Australia)


Tupou made the whole world take notice of him at a young age, when footage of him scoring three tries in one game for Auckland's Sacred Heart College went viral.

The barn-storming teenage prop's services were then in hot demand, with New Zealand and Australia, as well as clubs in France and England, all vying to sign him professionally.

Eventually Tupou, nicknamed the 'Tongan Thor', decided to pursue his rugby on Australian soil and has quickly ascended the representative ranks.

He is relatively short for a modern-day prop at 1.75m, but has tremendous power in the scrums and agility around the field for such a big man.

Uwe Helu (Japan)


Now a regular for the Sunwolves in Super Rugby, Helu scored a try in the side's big upset of the Chiefs earlier this season, but is still relatively unheralded compared to some on our list.

But some Kiwis may recognise the name. While he was born in Tonga, Helu attended and played rugby for St Thomas of Canterbury College in Christchurch.

He then moved to Japan for university and after six years of study, began his professional club career.

His 1.93m (6ft 4in)/115kg frame was highly valued in Japan and he made his international debut just two years later.

Amanaki Mafi (Japan)


Japan's history of adopting Tongan nationals into their fold is long and strong, and this time, their reputation came through for them.

Mafi represented Tonga at the 2009 Junior World Cup, before moving to Hanazono University in Japan in 2010. 

After being named in both the Tonga and Japan squads for the 2014 November tests, he opted to play for Japan and has been one of their best players ever since.

Off-field though, Mafi has provided plenty of controversy. In 2018, Mafi was charged with intent to injure former Melbourne Rebels teammate Lopeti Timani, after a Super Rugby game against the Highlanders.