Rugby World Cup 2019 – USA vs Tonga: Kick-off time, where to watch and team news

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Tonga and the USA go head to head in their final game of the Rugby World Cup, with both teams eager to avoid landing the wooden spoon in Pool C.

The match has been given the green light to go ahead, after three games in total were cancelled over the weekend following the treacherous weather conditions generated by Typhoon Hagibis on Saturday.

USA will equal their World Cup record of 10 straight defeats if they fail against Tonga - and after a four-day turnaround, having lost 47-17 to Argentina on Wednesday, the odds are against them.

USA coach Gary Gold has made just three changes to the starting XV that ran out against the Pumas.

Tonga captain Siale Piutau, who turns 34 on Sunday, has announced this will be his last international game, as has flanker Sione Kalamafoni.

Where to watch it?

USA vs Tonga kicks off at 6.45am BST (2.45pm Japan Standard Time) on Sunday 13 October.

Where can I watch it?

ITV will be broadcasting the match. Alternatively, you can live stream it via the ITV Hub on your laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Teams

USA: Will Hooley; Blaine Scully (capt), Bryce Campbell, Paul Lasike, Marcel Brache; AJ MacGinty, Ruben de Haas; Eric Fry, Joe Taufete’e, Titi Lamositele, Greg Peterson, Nick Civetta, Tony Lamborn, Malon Al-Jiboori, Cam Dolan.

Replacements: 16 James Hilterbrand, 17 Olive Kilifi, 18 Paul Mullen, 19 Ben Landry, 20 Hanco Germishuys, 21 Ben Pinkelman, 22 Nate Augspurger, 23 Mike Te’o.

Tonga: Telusa Veainu; ‘Atieli Pakalani, Malietoa Hingano, Siale Piutau (capt), Viliami Lolohea; James Faiva, Sonatane Takulua; Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, Paula Ngauamo, Siua Halanukonuka, Sam Lousi, Halaleva Fifita, Sione Kalamafoni, Zane Kapeli, Maama Vaipulu.

Replacements: 16 Siua Maile, 17 Vunipola Fifita, 18 Ma’afu Fia, 19 Dan Faleafa, 20 Nasi Manu, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Latiume Fosita, 23 David Halaifonua.