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Friday 9th October 19:00 GMT

 

The reigning World Champions, the New Zealand All Blacks conclude their Pool C campaign at St James Park in Newcastle on Friday night, when they play the South Sea Islanders from Tonga. The All blacks top their Pool and look certainties to finish at the head of qualification, which will set them up for a quarter-final in Cardiff, against the losers of Sunday's match between Ireland and France.

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The Champions may have won all three of their Pool fixtures so far, but they have looked far from a team that could become the first to ever defend the title. A come from behind win against Argentina in their opening fixture, has been followed by wins over Namibia and Georgia that have looked comfortable enough on the scoreboard, but have been anything but straightforward on the pitch.

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Tonga have had a disappointing tournament. They came into the competition with the ambition of finishing at least third in the Pool, and thereby securing automatic qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. However, a shock opening defeat to Georgia in Gloucester set them on the back foot, and although they recovered to beat Namibia 35-21 in Exeter, defeat in an entertaining game against Argentina by 16-45, mean that they will at best finish fourth in the Pool, unless they can spring the biggest ever Surprise result in International rugby, and defeat the All Blacks in Newcastle.

Posted: 9th September 2011

 

The Rugby World Cup is upon us, and one of the first matches of the event is an Auckland event between New Zealand and Tonga, which happens on Friday, September 9th at 20:30. The New Zealand All Blacks are in Pool A as are the Tonga Sea Eagles, along with the French National Rugby Union Team, and Canada and Japan as well. New Zealand is at the very top of the IRB World Rankings right now, and are being coached this year by Graham Henry. The Tonga Sea Eagles are sixth in the IRB world rankings and their coach is Isitolo Maka.

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Posted: 9th October 2015


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