England get their Rugby World Cup 2019 off to a start today with a tough clash against Tonga.

Although the men in white are certain favourites for a win at the Sapporo Dome it definitely won’t be an easy game.

Tonga are ranked 15th in the world but they are a strong team with some of the biggest players including 24-stone prop Ben Tameifuna.

The last time these two teams met was back in 2007 with England winning by 36 points to 20.

Speaking ahead of the clash, England boss Eddie Jones, said: “World Cups are always emotional. You get to do something that is pretty special.

“To coach a nation and to be responsible for a nation at a World Cup, where you know it’s not just rugby fans watching.

“Tonga will have that ferocious pride – they are playing for more than just a game of rugby.

“They are playing for a small country that fights against the odds and players there are fighting for their livelihoods, we know it means a lot for them.

“We understand how much emotion and intensity will go into the game and we have to match that.”

And Tonga skipper Siale Piutau, added: “They (England) have class players all around the pitch and we expect them to play with pace. They have threats all over the park. I’m not giving away tactics, but there will be opportunities for us.”

So if you want to watch all of the action here’s how to tune in online.


ITV is showing this morning’s match between England v Tonga with coverage starting at 10am and kick-off set for 11:15am.

You can tune in on your TV or online via ITV’s app.

Now named ITV Hub, this app is available on both Apple iPhone, iPad and most Android devices and is free to download.

Users can also tune in via Amazon Fire TV, YouView, BT Vision, Sky HD, Sky Q, Samsung TV, NOW TV, Freeview Play and Virgin Media.

It’s worth noting that you’ll need a valid TV Licence if you watch or record live programmes as it is a criminal offence in the UK to watch “live” television without a TV licence.

And if you’re away from home and don’t have a decent wifi connection – you might want to avoid watching an entire match on your smartphone.

A full World Cup game streamed to your smartphone or tablet will use around 700MB of data.

source: express.co.uk


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