Tonga Ikale Tahi

Tupaea to start as one of four All Black debutants

Quinn Tupaea will start at second five-eighth, with prop George Bower, loose forward Ethan Blackadder and halfback Finlay Christie set to make their Test debuts from the bench.

Tupaea fills a void left by the injuries to a number of mid-fielders including Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown and Braydon Ennor, while Ngani Laumape has decided to play in France.

Ikale Tahi names strong side to face the Pumas

Via the bench, sees the return of Steve Mafi and new call up to the Rugby World Cup Squad, Latiume Fosita who comes in for the injured Kurt Morath, who has departed the World Cup with a throat injury.

‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach Toutai Kefu said: “We have had a good look at our first match against England and there were some things for us to take out of that match to improve and a lot of positives too.

“Argentina are a world class side and we have seen time and time again how well they can perform on the International stage.

Tonga lose Morath and Tuitavake

Morath has been replaced in the squad by Latiume Fosita after picking up a throat injury in the weekend's 35-3 loss to England.

He was hospitalised in Sapporo and is awaiting confirmation on whether he needs surgery or not.

Morath copped a stray boot when attempting to tackle England powerhouse midfielder Manu Tuilagi.

Nafi Tuitavake, who came on as a half-time replacement for wing Atieli Pakalani, broke his left arm late in the match.

A replacement has yet to be named for him.

Tonga show improvement in opening defeat

The 'Ikale Tahi restricted England to four tries in the 35-3 defeat in Sapporo but were unable to breach their opponents' tryline, despite shading the possession stats and forcing their opponents into more turnovers, tackles and penalties conceded.

Coach Toutai Kefu said Tonga put in a much improved performance from their last showing against the All Blacks but struggled to make any inroads against the England defence.

Tonga fly-half James Faiva proves combine initiative can yield rich harvest

The countries meet in their opening Pool C match in Sapporo on Sunday and the presence of Faiva is testament to the talent identification "combines" run by World Rugby to help improve the strength in depth of Tier 2 nations.

Faiva (pictured above) impressed in a World Rugby-funded Pacific Islands Combine in Fiji that featured young talent from across the region, earning himself a contract in New Zealand's Mitre 10 competition.

Tonga's main three threats to England in Sunday's World Cup opener

The England players will be well aware of some of the more potent players in the Tonga side when they meet in Sapporo, with a number of them playing alongside one another in the Gallagher Premiership on a week-in, week-out basis.

There are also some fresher faces in the forms of Vunipola Fifita of the Brumbies or New Zealand club rugby hooker Siua Maile, but if Tonga head coach Toutai Kefu has any chance of springing a remarkable upset – or at least pushing England closer than many expect – he will need to lean heavily on three of his star performers.