October 4, 2019 / 4:58 PM / 19 days ago

Factbox: World Cup - France v Tonga

(Reuters) - Factbox on the Rugby World Cup Pool C fixture between France and Tonga:

Rugby Union - France Press Conference - National Rugby Center, Marcoussis, France - August 29, 2019 France's Jefferson Poirot during the press conference REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

WHERE

Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto

WHEN

Sunday, Oct. 6 at 4.45pm local time (0745 GMT)

FRANCE

World ranking: 7

Coach: Jacques Brunel (France)

Captain: Jefferson Poirot

Team: 15-Maxime Medard, 14-Damian Penaud, 13-Virimi Vakatawa, 12-Sofiane Guitoune, 11-Alivereti Raka, 10-Romain Ntamack, 9-Baptiste Serin, 8-Gregory Alldritt, 7-Charles Ollivon, 6-Wenceslas Lauret, 5-Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4-Paul Gabrillagues, 3-Rabah Slimani, 2-Camille Chat, 1-Jefferson Poirot

Replacements: 16-Guilhem Guirado, Cyril Baille, 18-Emerick Setiano, 19-Bernanrd Le Roux, 20-Yacouba Camara, 21-Antoine Dupont, 22-Camille Lopez, 23-Pierre-Louis Barassi.

TONGA

World ranking: 16

Coach: Toutai Kefu (Tonga)

Captain: Siale Piutau

Team: 15-Telusa Veainu, 14-Cooper Vuna, 13-Malietoa Hingano, 12-Siale Piutau, 11-David Halaifonua, 10-James Faiva, 9-Sonatane Takulua, 8-Maama Vaipulu, 7-Zane Kapeli, 6-Sione Kalamafoni, 5-Halaleva Fifita, 4-Sam Lousi, 3-Ma’afu Fia, 2-Paula Ngauamo, 1-Siegfried Fisi’ihoi

Replacements: 16-Sosefo Sakalia, 17-Vunipola Fifita, 18-Siosiua Halanukonuka, 19-Sitiveni Mafi, 20-Nasi Manu, 21-Leon Fukofuka, 22-Latiume Fosita, 23-Atieli Pakalani.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)

Assistants: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Matthew Carley (England)

TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

POOL C FIXTURES/RESULTS (date/opponent/venue)

FRANCE

Sept 21 France 23-21 Argentina Tokyo

Oct 2 France 33-9 U.S. Fukuoka

Oct 12 v England Yokohama

TONGA

Sept 22 Tonga 3-35 England Sapporo

Sept 28 Tonga 12-28 Argentina Osaka

Oct 13 v U.S. Osaka

Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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