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Follow the latest updates live from the Rugby World Cup as England launch their campaign in Sapporo against Tonga.
Four years after their humiliating pool-stage exit on home soil, England begin their quest to regain the status of world champions against the Pacific Islanders, who despite being the weakest team in the pool according to the world rankings will still pose a stiff test inside the Sapporo Dome.
Eddie Jones has selected his strongest possible side for the opening match, with George Ford and Owen Farrell selected in midfield and the likes of Billy Vunipola and Manu Tuilagi also in the side. Follow the live updates below.
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What will Tonga need to do to if they’re going to cause an upset tonight?
Tonga coach Toutai Kefu explains:
The teams are in and confirmed, and there are no changes to what was announced earlier in the week.
England:Elliot Daly; Anthony Watson, Manu Tuilagi, Owen Farrell, Jonny May; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler; Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes; Tom Curry, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola.
Replacements:Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ellis Genge, Dan Cole, George Kruis, Lewis Ludlam, Willi Heinz, Henry Slade, Jonathan Joseph.
Tonga:David Halaifonua; Atieli Pakalani, Siale Piutau, Cooper Vuna, Viliami Lolohea; Kurt Morath, Sonatane Takulua; Siegfried ‘Fisiihoi, Sosefo Sakalia, Ben Tameifuna; Sam Lousi, Halavela Fifita; Sioe Kalamafoni, Zane Kapeli, Maama Vaipulu.
Replacements:Siua Maile, Latu Talakai, Ma’afu Fia, Dan Faleafa, Nasi Mau, Leon Fukofuka, James Faiva, Nafi Tu’itavake.
Referee: Paul Williams
We’re all set-up inside the Sapporo Dome with an hour to go until the final match of the da
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