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Nickname: Sea Eagles (Ikala Tahi)
Kit: Red shirt, white shorts, red socks
Ranking: 11 (75.24)
Pool: C (New Zealand, Argentina, Georgia, Namibia)
1st Match: Georgia on September 19
Past RWCs: Six (’87, ’95, ’99, ’03, ’07, ’11)
Path to RWC: Automatic qualifier as one of top 12 teams.
WC Stats: Seven victories in six cups with a major upset against France 19-14 in the last RWC in New Zealand.
Flag: Red cross is the King’s devotion to Christianity
Betting Odds: 2,000-1
Comment: Tonga has risen to 11th in the standings. They did not fare well in the recent Pacific Nations Cup whose final was decided by their longtime rivals Samoa against Fiji. They are 0-4 against the All Blacks but have never played Argentina, which is the key game for their advancement in Pool C.