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On Sunday, September 24, 2023, at Allianz riviera, Scotland will be going to war against their opposing side, Tonga. Victory is crucial for both teams in their first game as they will strive to show that they’re still in the running to advance from their challenging Pool B, especially with Ireland and the Springboks facing off in Paris just a day earlier.
Scotland vs Tonga Lineups and News
Scotland’s rugby team, led by coach Gregor Townsend, is all set for their next match in Nice after a tough start in the tournament, losing 18-3 to the reigning champions, South Africa. Coach Townsend is still upset about a possible missed red card incident involving Jesse Kriel, as they are heading to Nice with the expectation of winning against the Pacific Islanders.
Conversely, Tonga has been boosted thanks to World Rugby’s rule changes regarding players switching international allegiance. However, they must buckle up as the odds have consistently been stacked against them in this group. Fans can catch up on this matchup live and free online via the ITV website and ITVX app starting at 16:00 GMT
Team news: Scotland
The Scottish rugby team will make notable changes in their lineup for the upcoming clash against Tonga. Townsend has made four fundamental changes, including promoting Kyle Steyn and Scott Cummings from the bench. Additionally, Chris Harris and Rory Sutherland have been awarded starting positions.
Scotland predicted lineup
The predicted Scotland vs. Tonga World Cup lineups for Scotland include:
1 – Sutherland, 2 – Turner, 3 – Fagerson, 4 – Gray, 5 – Cummings, 6 – Ritchie, 7 – Darge, 8 – Dempsey, 9 – White, 10 – Russell, 11 – Van Der Merwe, 12 – Tuipulotu, 13 – Harris, 14 – Steyn, 15 – Kinghorn
Replacements: Ashman, Schoeman, Nel, Skinner, M Fagerson, Horne, Jones, Graham
Team news: Tonga
Tonga will be making a couple of positional swaps. Solomone Kata and Afusipa Taumoepeau have traded places as wingers. Unfortunately, Tonga has also encountered an injury issue. Otumaka Mausia, who is the backup fly-half, hurt his calf. As a result, Patrick Pellegrini has been called in to take his place on the bench.
Tonga predicted lineup
The predicted team lineup for Tonga include:
1 – Fisi’ihoi, 2 – Ngauamo, 3 – Tameifuna, 4 – Fifita, 5 – Lousi, 6 – Halaifonua, 7 – Havili, 8 – Fifita, 9 – Pulu, 10 – Havili, 11 – Taumoepeau, 12 – Ahki, 13 – Fekitoa, 14 – Kata, 15 – Piutau
Replacements: S. Moli, T. Koloamatangi, J. Apikotoa, A. Coleman, S. Paea, S. Vailanu, T. Takulua, P. Pellegrini
📰 Tonga’s starting lineup remains unchanged, but the spotlight is on the potential debut of former Australia international lock Adam Coleman from the bench in their Rugby World Cup face-off with Scotland. 🇹🇴#BRUGBY #RugbyNews #RWC2023 #RugbyWorldCup2023 #SCOvTON #Tonga pic.twitter.com/fyffGSdAlK
— BRUGBY (@BRUGBYtweets) September 23, 2023
Will Adam Coleman play today?
Adam Coleman, a former Australian rugby player, will play his first game for the Tongan national rugby team. He will begin as a substitute player during their match against Scotland on Monday morning.
Adam Coleman can play for Tonga because of a rule from World Rugby. This rule allows players to play for their home country team after three years of not playing in any international games for their old team. This rule allows players to represent the country where they or their family originally came from.
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