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12dCraig Dowd

Pacific lip service won't stop until rugby respects the Islands

As the eyes of the world prepare to turn their gaze on the Rugby World Cup, the game got an early reminder of the Pacific Island discussion that pops up all too regularly. It continues to be nothing but rhetoric, Craig Dowd writes.

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17dReuters

Beauden Barrett returns to fly-half against Tonga

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has made several changes to his Bledisloe Cup winning side for their final World Cup warm-up match against Tonga at Waikato Stadium on Saturday.

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54dSam Bruce

World Rugby defend mud-bath pitch for Samoa-Tonga fixture

World Rugby has defended its decision to allow Saturday's Pacific Nations Cup match between Samoa and Tonga to go ahead in Apia, after several players took umbrage with the playing surface post-match.

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All Blacks to play Tonga before World Cup

The All Blacks will face Tonga in a home Test just two weeks before their bid to defend the Webb Ellis Cup begins next year.

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309dReuters

Liam Williams marks 50th cap with try double

Wing Liam Williams scored two tries on his 50th appearance for Wales to help secure an emphatic 74-24 victory over Tonga at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

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2019 RankingsRugby World Cup

  • TONGA12th
    Tries Scored 1st Italy : 7 Tries Scored
    ITALY1st
    0
    7
  • TONGA7th
    Points Difference 1st Italy : 25 Points Difference
    ITALY1st
    0
    25