Rugby World Cup

Tonga win 'another step' towards World Cup dream

The side ran in five tries to beat Namibia 35-21 in Exeter and grab their first win of the Rugby World Cup.

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And the fallout from the hosts' crushing late loss at the weekend continues.

Former England captain Will Carling aimed his cricitism at Stuart Lancaster's methods, suggesting his players are treated like 'schoolboys'.

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Vunipola has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with a knee ligament strain.

Harlequins number eight Nick Easter, 37, who has 52 Test caps, has been called up as a replacement.

England have played two games in the World Cup. They beat Fiji 35-11 followed by a defeat against Wales on Saturday,

They are third in Pool A and face Australia at Twickenham on Saturday and Uruguay a week later, with the top two progressing to the quarter-finals.

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England’s hopes of making it out of their highly competitive Pool A are hanging by a thread following Saturday's hearertbreaking 28-25 defeat to Wales at Twickenham.

Stuart Lancaster’s men must now prepare for a huge ‘knockout’ clash with two-time world champions Australia on Saturday, where they must win to have any chance of a spot in the last eight.

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The Wallabies won the match 28-13 courtesy of a  stellar two-try performance from David Pocock.

In what was a far from a polished performance, the three-try win fell short of delivering a valuable bonus point in the 'Pool of Death' clash at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

In another game, Scotland beat Japan 45-10 in their opening game.

Springboks make eight changes to face Samoa

Adriaan Strauss, who will win his 50th cap, is the starting hooker, while Duane Vermeulen will make his first Test appearance of the year in the No 8 jersey as coach Heyneke Meyer reacted swiftly to the shock of defeat against Japan.

Willie le Roux, JP Pietersen and Damian De Allende return in the backline – with skipper Jean de Villiers shifting to outside centre – while there are new halfbacks in Handré Pollard and Fourie du Preez.

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Wales' World Cup campaign in England has been overshadowed by injuries, with Leigh Halfpenny, Rhys Webb, Cory Allen and Eli Walker all withdrawing.

Wales also has injury concerns in the front row, with Aaron Jarvis, Paul James and Samson Lee all being assessed, while full-back Liam Williams suffered a hip injury in the win over Uruguay.



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A final-quarter surge saw New Zealand registering a come from behind 26-16 victory over Argentina at Wembley in Pool C.

Over at the Millennium Stadium, Wales claimed a bonus point as they opened their campaign with an eight-try win over Uruguay in Pool A. Wales won the contest 54-9.


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The pool also involves Australia and Wales.

England are seeking to secure their first world title since 2003.

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Experienced Tonga line-up for Rugby World Cup opener

10 players in the starting line-up have previous World Cup experience for the 'Ikale Tahi, with another three on the bench.

However, only five players remain in the run-on side from Tonga's most recent World Cup clash - a famous win over France in Wellington four years ago.

Captain Nili Latu is back after missing the 2011 tournament and will equal the record of most caps for Tonga when he takes the field for the 41st time in the red jersey.

Elvis Taione, Tevita Mailau, Sitiveni Mafi, Sonatane Takulua and Telusa Veaninu will make their World Cup debuts.