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The outcome of rugby match between Tonga and Ireland tomorrow morning at 7am, New Zealand time, has been predicted in favour of Tonga.
Speaking to Australia’s Stan Sport Rugby, former Wallabies fullback Matt Rogers predicted Tonga will beat Ireland.
Responding, the host replied: “Really!”
“You know look they played a physical game. They can unsettle them early who knows what can happen”, Rogers said.
“I am looking for that Cinderella story of the world cup and I think it will be Tonga beating Ireland”.
French-based prop forward Ben Tameifuna will lead the side against the Irish in a tactical move that sees captain Sonatane Takulua starting off the bench, RNZ reported.
“This is a very exciting Tonga team who I think will prove to be very competitive against the best in the world,” he told media in Paris before the team left for Nantes.
“The boys are excited to get out there and play. There will be no lack of motivation to do their country and their families proud.”
Kefu has retained the front-row trio of Tameifuna, Siegfried Fisi’ihoi and hooker Paula Ngauamo.
He has also gone for height and speed in the loosies and locks selections.
Vice-captain Halaleva Fifita and Samiuela Lousi start at locks while Tanginoa Halaifonua, Sione Havili and Vaea Fifita complete the loose trio.
In a major move Kefu has opted to give Augustine Pulu the nod ahead of Takulua.
Takulua, Tonga’s most capped player, has been the first-choice halfback for the last six years.
Kefu’s backline choice sees William Havili at fly half while Pita Akhi pairs former All Blacks Malakai Fekitoa in midfield.