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Smallest nation in Rugby World Cup: Tonga Team Guide

Auckland, New Zealand

'Ikale Tahi coach Toutai Kefu. 2019 Rugby World Cup Campaign.

By Finau Fonua

On 22 September, Tonga’s national rugby team, the ‘Ikale Tahi, will play England – the world’s largest rugby nation – in their first game of the 2019 World Cup. The Kingdom of Tonga is the competition’s smallest nation, officially registering just under a thousand rugby players compared to England, which registers nearly two million.

The smallest nation in the competition are dreaming big even if their preparations have been far from ideal...