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Although capable of upsets, Tonga have yet to get out of pool; TONGA.

WHAT'S THEIR STORY? WHAT'S THEIR STORY? Defeated Canada, the United States and Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup and went down by just eight points to tournament winners Fiji away in Suva. They also have a draw with Samoa on their record and a 23-9 victory over World Cup group opponents Georgia in Tbilisi last November.

Defeated Canada, the United States and Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup and went down by just eight points to tournament winners Fiji away in Suva. They also have a draw with Samoa on their record and a 23-9 victory over World Cup group opponents Georgia in Tbilisi last November.

WORLD CUP PEDIGREE Have made the World Cup finals six times but have never got past the group stage although they threatened to beat Wales in Canberra 12 years ago.

WORLD CUP PEDIGREE Have made the World Cup finals six times but have never got past the group stage although they threatened to beat Wales in Canberra 12 years ago.

Tonga are capable of an upset with their deserved 19-17 triumph over eventual finalists France four years ago sending shockwaves around the rugby world.

Tonga are capable of an upset with their deserved 19-17 triumph over eventual finalists France four years ago sending shockwaves around the rugby world.

PLAYER MOST LIKELY TO MAKE HEADLINES NILI LATU The hard-hitting flanker was sensational for Bay of Plenty versus the 2005 Lions and the force of his crunching tackles were evident against South Africa and England at the 2007 PLAYER MOST LIKELY TO MAKE HEADLINES NILI LATU The hard-hitting flanker was sensational for Bay of Plenty versus the 2005 Lions and the force of his crunching tackles were evident against South Africa and England at the 2007 World Cup.

World Cup.

Although Tonga's captain is playing in Japan these days, most of their squad play for clubs in European rugby.

Although Tonga's captain is playing in Japan these days, most of their squad play for clubs in European rugby.

WHAT THE BOOKIES SAY 1,000/1 doesn't sound like they have much of a chance but wins against Georgia and Namibia would see them enter their clash with Argentina with confidence soaring.

WHAT THE BOOKIES SAY 1,000/1 doesn't sound like they have much of a chance but wins against Georgia and Namibia would see them enter their clash with Argentina with confidence soaring.

SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T KNOW...

New Zealand have the Haka, Tonga the Sipi Tau and their war dances resulted in the two teams squaring up inches away from each other in the 2003 tournament in Australia.

New Zealand have the Haka, Tonga the Sipi Tau and their war dances resulted in the two teams squaring up inches away from each other in the 2003 tournament in Australia.

World Cup WORLD CUP RECORD Played: 33 Won: 19 Drawn: 1 Lost: 13 Points for: 972 Points against: 620

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Mefin <BDavies tries to get past Tonga's Ksi Pulu during their World Cup pool D match in 2003 in Canberra when Tonga came close to beating Wales Mefin <BDavies tries to get past Tonga's Ksi Pulu during their World Cup pool D match in 2003 in Canberra when Tonga came close to beating Wales

Tonga skipper Nili Latu is a real threat to opposition sides <B Tonga skipper Nili Latu is a real threat to opposition sides <B

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