Rugby World Cup Qualifier

Tonga and Hong Kong meet in RWC qualifier today

Hong Kong secured their place in the Asia/Pacific play-off with a 23-21 defeat of South Korea two weeks ago.

The winner of today's one-off match will become the 19th team to secure their place at RWC 2023, joining South Africa, Ireland, Scotland and Romania in Pool B.

Whoever loses on Saturday will have one remaining opportunity to claim a spot in France when they compete in the Final Qualification Tournament against Portugal, Kenya and the US in November.

Tonga warmed up for the play-off against Hong Kong by taking part in the Pacific Nations Cup 2022 in Fiji.

Samoa, Tonga name teams for decisive World Cup qualifier

The Manu beat Tonga 42-13 in Auckland last weekend, with the aggregate winner over two legs sealing a spot at the 2023 World Cup in France.

Samoa have named an unchanged forward pack, with Jonathan Taumateine coming in at halfback in place of Auvasa Faleali'i and Ed Fidow promoted from the bench to start on the right wing. That means Tomasi Alosio shifts to his preferred fullback slot in place of Ahsee Tuala.