SAPPORO, Japan After waiting eight years to return to rugby's biggest stage it was no surprise Manu Tuilagi grabbed his opportunity with both hands on Sunday with a brace of tries helping England to a 35-3 victory over Tonga at the Sapporo Dome.
SAPPORO, Japan England got their World Cup campaign off to a scrappy start in Sapporo on Sunday with a 35-3 Pool C victory over Tonga, Manu Tuilagi leading the way with two tries.
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SAPPORO, Japan Battered Australian bodies were dipped gingerly into ice baths on Sunday as they continued the recovery process from a bruising World Cup opening win over Fiji that underlined the extreme physical challenges the players will face each week in Japan.
SAPPORO, Japan Much of the conversation around England's World Cup opener has centred around how they will deal with Tonga's physical threat but flanker Sam Underhill says the Pacific islanders bring more to the table than just smash-mouth rugby.
SAPPORO, Japan England have waited four years to put the misery of 2015 behind them and while Tonga are unlikely to inflict more World Cup pain on Eddie Jones's side on Sunday the coach knows only too well the dangers of underestimating opposition.
SAPPORO, Japan England coach Eddie Jones nailed his colours to the mast ahead of their World Cup opener against Tonga on Sunday by picking a powerful, mobile side to go toe-for-toe with the Pacific islanders in what he says will be a "ferocious battle".
SAPPORO, Japan England must be disciplined and adaptable at the World Cup given a push to eliminate high tackles and ongoing debate over the rules of the breakdown, defence coach John Mitchell said on Thursday ahead of their opener against underdogs Tonga.
For all the buzz around Scotland generated by Gregor Townsend's free-flowing brand of rugby, they are unlikely to pose a serious threat at the World Cup unless they find a cure for the ills that have held them back for years.
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