England will kick off the November window this Saturday when they host Tonga at Twickeham, game that you can watch live from 12 noon on Star +. Both teams will face each other for the first time in a match that does not correspond to a World Cup.
The three matches on the record were all European triumphs and corresponded to group stages of the Mundiales of 1997, 2007 and 2019. When this match was announced in July, the RFU said it would make a “goodwill gesture with a donation” for the Tonga Rugby Union and announced a development campaign that will see both unions exchanging coaches and staff from different areas.
For the English will be the first of the three games they will face this month, since you will have two heavyweights ahead: the 13 will be measured with Australia and the 20 will close the year against South Africa.
Tonga reaches Twickenham after losing to Scotland 60-14 last weekend in Murrayfield and he will be able to count on all the players, since there were some absences against El Cardo, since the game was not part of the international calendar.
ENGLAND: 15. Freddie Steward, 14. Adam Radwan, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Manu Tuilagi, 11. Jonny May, 10. Owen Farrell, 9. Ben Youngs, 1. Ellis Genge, 2. Jamie George, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Maro Itoje, 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Courtney Lawes, 7. Sam Underhill, 8. Tom Curry.
Substitutes: 16. Jamie Blamire, 17. Joe Marler, 18. Will Stuart, 19. Charlie Ewels, 20. Alex Dombrandt, 21. Alex Mitchell, 22. Marcus Smith, 23. George Furbank.
TONGA: 15 Telusa Veainu; 14 Walter Fifita, 13 Mali Hingano, 12 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 11 Solomone Kata; 10 Kurt Morath, 9 Sontane Takulua (c); 1 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 2 Paul Ngauamo, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 4 Leva Fifita, 5 Tanginoa Halaifonua, 6 Lopeti Timani, 7 Mateaki Kafatolu, 8 Sione Vailanu.
Substitutes: 16 Siua Maile, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Ma’afu Fia, 19 Setefano Funaki, 20 Onehunga Havili, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 James Faiva, 23 Viliami Fine.