England 35 - 3 Tonga | 22 Sep 2019

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Today's pool C match has been billed as a David and Goliath-like encounter, with Eddie Jones' men ranked as the world number three side and Tonga much further down the table at 15th.

Speaking afterward, Eddie Jones had been asked if he would've liked his side to have controlled the game more, "We would have liked to but that's rugby and sometimes it happens like that", said the England head coach.

"I hope it's a firecracker start and England get some momentum to push on". "Stay connected, keep the ball when you can and when they have it, stay connected and defend well together and things will work out", Cheika added. England won the title in Australia in 2003, edging an Australian team coached by Jones with a dropped goal in extra-time in the final.

"We know Tonga are going to be ferocious and full of pride and passion".

"Michael Cheika might think his team is unpredictable but I'd like to think we've got unpredictably with us as well", McKee said. Every match of the Rugby World Cup will be live and on two dedicated channels - Fox Sports 503 and RWC 4K Ultra HD - from the Opening Ceremony on Friday through to the Final on November 2.

"We were all excited to play in them and they have been good for us". "If we go in with a 50-50 attitude we won't have a proud performance".

It was a momentous day for Billy Vunipola, whose father Fe'ao featured for Tonga at the 1995 and 1999 World Cups, and the England eight would have been eager to impress.

"Obviously they're very talented and we are lucky enough to have a few Fijians in our team as well, to combat that (Samu Kerevi, Koroibete and Isi Naisarani)", To'omua said.

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Reserve props James Slipper and Sekope Kepu have more than 200 test caps combined and are on a heavily experienced bench that includes veteran scrumhalf Will Genia. You have to be as prepared as you can with what's in front of you but you also have to make sure you are prepared for anything. I was really pleased with the effort of my players, they worked really hard.

"Sometimes the mundane and boring stuff is what sticks those guys out".

2018 and 2019 have not been plain sailing, but England remain one of the strongest teams in the world on paper. There's still some mistakes that we could look at and get rid of.

"We feel like we've got a brilliant squad here, with a lot of talent and a lot of cohesion".

"It's a great atmosphere, you've got Tonga, a country of 100,000 people, battling their heart out, playing tough, the crowd's getting involved and we've got to play tough to get a result".

George Ford and Owen Farrell line up together at fly-half fan inside centre respectively.

South Africa, led by their first black World Cup captain, Siya Kolisi, will play in shirts bearing an image of Chester Williams, the only black member of the Springboks' 1995 World Cup-winning team who died this month at 49. There has been one meeting between England and Tonga since 2000.

The Wallabies were punished early, Ben Volavola landing the first points before Peceli Yato went over down the right after just seven minutes.

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