Thursday, September 21, 2023

Ireland – Tonga: why should the Greens be wary?

Among the favorites for the final coronation in the World Cup, will the Sexton gang continue their frantic pace from Romania (82-8)? In Nantes, world leader Ireland will likely face greater adversity with the Tonga Islands. The members of the Pacific are playing their first meeting of this World Cup.

Obviously, Ireland, on paper, must win this game. But Tonga was strengthened by several players from other nations. New rules regarding eligibility have notably allowed Vaea Fifita (ex-All Blacks) and Malakai Fekitoa (ex-All Blacks) to fill the ranks of the Sea Eagles.

Facing the press, Jonathan Sexton called on his partners to be wary. “They are a very good team with very good players. The selection of players who have returned to play for them has given them a real boost. We expect a difficult match against a top team with very good coaches.”

Tongan coach Toutai Kefu returned to the contribution of his experienced players: “Their contribution is already enormous, both on and off the field. It is off the field that they bring the most, in the state of spirit, professionalism, the attitude to adopt. It does us a lot of good and the young players were able to imbibe it. They raised the level of demands for all the players.”

What time does the Ireland – Tonga match start?

As part of this 2nd day of the Rugby World Cup, Nantes welcomes Ireland – Tonga. This game will kick off at 9:00 p.m.

On which TV channel is Ireland – Tonga broadcast?

As is the case with certain posters for this World Cup, you will have one and only choice to see this Ireland – Tonga. This meeting will be broadcast by TF1.

What streaming broadcast for the Ireland – Tonga match?

To follow Ireland – Tonga streaming on your smartphone, computer or tablet you will have only one choice. That of registering for free to the MyTF1 platform. You will then join TF1.

What probable line-ups for Ireland – Tonga?

  • Ireland starting XV: 15. Keenan; 14. Hansen, 13. Ringrose, 12. Aki, 11. Lowe; 10. Sexton (cap.), 9. Murray; 7. van der Flier, 8. Doris, 6. O’Mahony; 5. Ryan, 4. Beirne; 3. Furlong, 2. Kelleher, 1. Porter.
  • Tonga starting XV: 15. Piutau; 14. Taumoepeau, 13. Fekitoa, 12. Ahki, 11. Kata; 10. Havili, 9. Pulu; 7. Talitui, 8. V.Fifita, 6. Halaifonua; 5. H.Fifita, 4. Lousi; 3. Tameifuna (cap.), 2. Ngauamo, 1. Fisi’ihoi.

What are the predictions for the Ireland – Tonga match?

  • Betclic: Ireland (1.01) – Draw (35.00) – Tonga (25.00).
  • Unibet: Ireland (1.01) – Draw (100.00) – Tonga (26.50).
  • NetBet: Ireland (1.01) – Draw (29.00) – Tonga (19.00).


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