World Cup - Wednesday at the World Cup

Mon, 19 Sep 18:40:00 2011

All the key details ahead of Wednesday's World Cup game as pointless Japan takle on Pacific rivals Tonga.

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Tonga v Japan - Pool A

Where: Northland Events Centre, Whangerei

Capacity: 20,000

When: Wednesday, September 21 (kick-off 08:30)

Referee: Dave Pearson (England)

Teams:

Tonga

15-Vungakoto Lilo, 14-Fetu'u Vainikolo, 13-Siale Piutau, 12-Alipate Fatafehi, 11-Sukanaivalu Hufanga, 10-Kurt Morath, 9-Taniela Moa, 8-Viliami Ma'afu, 7-Sione Vaiomo'unga, 6-Sione Kalamafoni, 5-Paino Hehea, 4-Tukulua Lokotui, 3-Taufa'ao Filise, 2-Aleki Lutui (captain), 1-Soane Tonga'uiha.

Replacements: 16-Aloisio Ma'asi, 17-Alisona Taumalolo, 18-Halani Aulika,19-Joseph Tu'ineau, 20-Samiu Vahafolau, 21-Samisoni Fisilau, 22-Andrew Ma'ilei

Coach: Isitolo Maka

Japan

15-Shaun Webb, 14-Kosuke Endo, 13-Alisi Tupuailai, 12-Ryan Nicholas, 11-Hirotoki Onozawa, 10-James Arlidge, 9-Fumiaki Tanaka, 8-Takashi Kikutani (captain), 7-Michael Leitch, 6-Itaru Taniguchi, 5-Toshizumi Kitagawa, 4-Luke Thompson, 3-Kensuke Hatakeyama, 2-Shota Horie, 1-Hisateru Hirashima.

Replacements: 16-Yusuke Aoki, 17-Nozomu Fujita, 18-Hitoshi Ono, 19-Sione Talikavili Vatuvei, 20-Atsushi Hiwasa, 21-Takehisa Usuzuki, 22-Murray Williams.

Coach: John Kirwan

IRB ranking: Tonga 15, Japan 13

Overall record: Tonga five wins, Japan seven

Biggest win: Tonga 57-16 in 2006, Japan 44-17 in 1999

Recent meetings:

2011: Suva - Japan won 28-27

2010: Apia - Japan won 26-23

2009: Lautoka - Japan won 21-19

2008: Sendai - Japan won 35-13

2007: Coffs Harbour - Japan won 20-17

Reuters

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