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Smallest nation in Rugby World Cup: Tonga Team Guide

Auckland, New Zealand

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.

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