Scotland Rugby World Cup

Scotland in action. Photo by Adrian Dennis / AFP

Rugby World Cup | Scotland v Tonga: Live scoring

The Rugby World Cup action resumes on Sunday evening. Follow the live scoring as Scotland tackle Tonga in the same pool as the Springboks.

Scotland Rugby World Cup

Scotland in action. Photo by Adrian Dennis / AFP

A fortnight after they were outmuscled and outpaced by defending champions South Africa in Marseille, Scotland will want to kickstart their Rugby World Cup challenge against Tonga, in Nice – a couple of hours further east along France’s Mediterranean coastline.

Head coach Gregor Townsend has made four changes to his starting side. Prop Rory Sutherland – on his Rugby World Cup debut at the age of 31 – and second-row Scott Cummings come into the pack for Pierre Schoeman and Grant Gilchrist respectively, while centre Chris Harris and wing Kyle Steyn, like Sutherland making his first tournament appearance, start in the backline, with Huw Jones and Darcy Graham dropping to the bench. Ewan Ashman, Sam Skinner and George Horne also come into the match-day 23.

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They’ll want a big win over a Tonga side that lost 59-16 against a rampant Ireland in Nantes nearly a week later – the match in which Johnny Sexton became the leading points scorer in Irish international rugby history.

Coach Toutai Kefu has stuck with the same starting XV for this match, with four former All Blacks in full-back Salesi Piutau, centre Malakai Fekitoa, scrumhalf Augustine Pulu and number eight Vaea Fifita. But he has made two changes on the bench: bringing in Pat Pellegrini, and ex-Australia international Adam Coleman, who could make his Tongan debut.

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FIXTURE: Scotland v Tonga

GROUND: Stade de Nice (35,983)

KICK-OFF: 17:45 local time (GMT+2)



SCOTLAND Blair Kinghorn; Kyle Steyn, Chris Harris, Sione Tuipulotu, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ben White; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Zander Fagerson; Richie Gray, Scott Cummings; Jamie Ritchie (captain), Rory Darge, Jack Dempsey

Replacements: Ewan Ashman, Pierre Schoeman, WP Nel, Sam Skinner, Matt Fagerson, George Horne, Huw Jones, Darcy Graham

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TONGA Salesi Piutau; Solomone Kata, Malakai Fekitoa, Pita Ahki, Afusipa Taumoepeau; William Havili, Augustine Pulu; Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, Paula Ngauamo, Ben Tameifuna (captain); Halaleva Fifita, Sam Lousi; Tanginoa Halaifonua, Sione Talitui, Vaea Fifita

Replacements: 16 Sam Moli, Tau Koloamatangi, Sosefo Apikotoa, Adam Coleman, Semisi Paea, Sione Vailanu, Sonatane Takulua, Patrick Pellegrini

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