All you need to know about the Pacific Island side coached by Toutai Kefu


Tonga Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Tonga had a tough start to the 2019 Rugby World Cup but finished on a high by beating the USA in Osaka.

How They Qualified

Tonga came second in the Pacific Tri-Nations behind Fiji and as a result qualified for the 2019 World Cup.

Key Players

Sonatane Takulua, No 9 and goalkicker, gives them zip and Telusa Veainu has a step to die for. Tonga have also been looking to James Faiva to add a new dimension from fly-half.

Quick Step: Telusa Veainu is a tough man to stop (Getty Images)

The Coach – Toutai Kefu

The former Wallaby No 8 took the reins in 2016 shortly after World Rugby agreed a rescue package for the cash-strapped Tongan union.

In charge: Toutai Kefu became coach in 2016 (Getty Images)

Major Work-ons

The set-piece is a big area for Tonga to focus on, particularly given that they have Argentina, England and France in their pool.

Tonga Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

  • Saturday 27 July 2019: Samoa 25-17 Tonga
  • Saturday 3 August 2019: Japan 41-7 Tonga
  • Friday 9 August 2019: Tonga 33-23 Canada
  • Saturday 24 August 2019: Western Force 14-19 Tonga
  • Saturday 31 August 2019: Fiji 29-19 Tonga
  • Saturday 7 September 2019: New Zealand 92-7 Tonga

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

Tonga Rugby World Cup Group

Tonga are in Group C alongside England, France, Argentina and the USA.

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Tonga Rugby World Cup Fixtures


Four Years On: Soane Tonga’uiha scores against Argentina in 2015 (Getty Images)

Tonga Rugby World Cup Squad

Tonga have announced their squad for the tournament;

Siegfried ‘Fisiihoi
Vunipola Fifita
Latu ‘Talakai
Paula ‘Ngauamo
Sosefo ‘Sakalia
Siua Maile
Siua ‘Halanukonuka
Ma’afu Fia
Ben Tameifuna
Sam Lousi
Leva Fifita
Sitiveni Mafi
Sione Kalamafoni
Maama ‘Vaipulu
Fotu ‘Lokotui
Zane ‘Kapeli
Dan Faleafa
Nasi Manu
Sonatane Takulua
Leon ‘Fukofuka
Samisoni Fisilau
Kurt Morath (replaced by Latiume Fosita)
James ‘Faiva
Siale Piutau
Malietoa Hingano
Nafi Tuitavake
Atieli Pakalani
David Halaifonua
Viliami Lolohea
Cooper Vuna
Telusa Veainu

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Fixtures

Previous World Cup Results and Record

Tonga’s Rugby World Cup Record: P29 W8 D0 L21

  • 1987 Pool stages
  • 1995 Pool stages
  • 1999 Pool stages
  • 2003 Pool stages
  • 2007 Pool stages
  • 2011 Pool stages
  • 2015 Pool stages
  • 2019 Pool stages

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