Tonga at the Rugby World Cup

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Map of nations best results, excluding nations which unsuccessfully participated in qualifying tournaments.

The Tonga national rugby union team has played in all Rugby World Cup tournaments, except in 1991, when they did not qualify. Their best performances were in the 2007 and 2011 tournaments, when they won two matches. Their best single match win was an upset victory in 2011 over eventual finalists France.

Nation Number of appearances First appearance Most recent appearance Streak Best result
 Tonga 7 1987 2015 6 Two wins, 2007, 2011

By position[edit]

By match[edit]

1987 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool 2 games -

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 Wales 3 3 0 0 82 31 6
 Ireland 3 2 0 1 84 41 4
 Canada 3 1 0 2 65 90 2
 Tonga 3 0 0 3 29 98 0
1987-05-24
Canada  37 – 4  Tonga
Tries: Palmer (2)
Vaesen (2)
Stuart
Frame
Penalty try
Con: Wyatt (2)
Gareth Rees
Pen: Rees
Try: Valu
McLean Park, Napier
Referee: Clive Norling Wales

1987-05-29
Tonga  16 – 29  Wales
Tries: Fielea
Fifita
Con: Liava'a
Pen: Liava'a
Amone
Tries: Webbe (3)
Hadley
Con: Thorburn (2)
Pen: Thorburn (2)
Drop: Davies
Showgrounds Oval, Palmerston North
Referee: David Bishop New Zealand

1987-06-03
Ireland  32 – 9  Tonga
Tries: Mullin (3)
MacNeill (2)
Con: Ward (3)
Pen: Ward (2)
Pen: Amone (3)
Ballymore, Brisbane
Referee: Guy Maurette France

1991 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Did not qualify

1995 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool D games -

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 France 3 0 0 114 47 9
 Scotland 2 0 1 149 27 7
 Tonga 1 0 2 44 90 5
 Ivory Coast 0 0 3 29 172 3
1995-05-26
France  38 – 10  Tonga
Tries: Thierry Lacroix (2), Aubin Hueber, Philippe Saint-André
Con: Thierry Lacroix (3)
Pen: Thierry Lacroix (3)
Drop: Yann Delaigue
Tries: Tevita Va'enuku
Con: Sateki Tu'ipulotu
Pen: Sateki Tu'ipulotu
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 25 000
Referee: Steve Lander England

1995-05-30
Scotland  41 – 5  Tonga
Tries: Scott Hastings, Eric Peters, Gavin Hastings
Con: Gavin Hastings
Pen: Gavin Hastings (8)
Tries: Ipolito Fenukitau
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 21 000
Referee: Barry Leask Australia

1995-06-03
Ivory Coast  11 – 29  Tonga
Tries: Alfred Okou
Pen: Athanase Dali (2)
Tries: Mana Otai, Sateki Tu'ipulotu, Pouvalu Latukefu
Con: Sateki Tu'ipulotu (3)
Pen: Sateki Tu'ipulotu
Olympia Park, Rustenburg
Attendance: 16 000
Referee: Don Reordan United States

1999 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool 2 games -

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 New Zealand 3 0 0 176 28 6
 England 2 0 1 184 47 4
 Tonga 1 0 2 48 171 2
 Italy 0 0 3 35 196 0
1999-10-03
New Zealand  45 – 9  Tonga
Tries: Jonah Lomu (2), Byron Kelleher, Norm Maxwell, Josh Kronfeld
Con: Andrew Mehrtens (4)
Pen: Andrew Mehrtens (4)
Pen: Siua Taumalolo (3)
Ashton Gate, Bristol
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Derek Bevan Wales


1999-10-15
England  101 – 10  Tonga
Tries: Jeremy Guscott (2), Phil Greening (2), Dan Luger (2), Austin Healey (2), Will Greenwood (2), Matt Dawson, Matt Perry, Richard Hill
Con: Paul Grayson (12)
Pen: Paul Grayson (4)
Tries: Tevita Tiueti
Con: Sateki Tuipulotu
Pen: Sateki Tuipulotu
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 72,485
Referee: Wayne Erickson Australia

2003 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Group D games-

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against BP Points
 New Zealand 4 0 0 282 57 4 20
 Wales 3 0 1 132 98 2 14
 Italy 2 0 2 77 123 0 8
 Canada 1 0 3 54 135 1 5
 Tonga 0 0 4 46 178 1 1
2003-10-15
Italy  36 – 12  Tonga
Tries: M. Dallan, D. Dallan (2)
Con: Wakarua (3)
Pen: Wakarua (5)
Tries: Payne, Tu'ifua
Con: Tu'ipulotu
Canberra Stadium
Attendance: 18,967
Referee: Steve Walsh New Zealand

2003-10-19
Wales  27 – 20  Tonga
Tries: Cooper, M. Williams
Con: S. Jones
Pen: S. Jones (4)
Drop: M. Williams
Tries: Hola, Kivalu, Lavaka
Con: Hola
Pen: Hola
Canberra Stadium
Attendance: 19,806
Referee: Paul Honiss New Zealand

2003-10-24
New Zealand  91 – 7  Tonga
Tries: Braid, Carter, Flynn, Ralph (2), Spencer, Meeuws, Penalty try, Muliaina (2), MacDonald, Howlett (2)
Con: MacDonald (12), Spencer
Tries: Hola
Con: Tu'ipulotu
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 47,588
Referee: Pablo De Luca Argentina

2003-10-29
Canada  24 – 7  Tonga
Tries: Fauth, Abrams
Con: Pritchard
Pen: Ross (4)
Tries: Kivalu
Con: Hola
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Attendance: 15,630
Referee: Alain Rolland Republic of Ireland

2007 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool A matches -

Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/- BP Pts
 South Africa 4 4 0 0 24 189 47 +142 3 19
 England 4 3 0 1 11 108 88 +20 2 14
 Tonga 4 2 0 2 9 89 96 −7 1 9
 Samoa 4 1 0 3 5 69 143 −74 1 5
 United States 4 0 0 4 7 61 142 −81 1 1
  ENG SAM RSA TGA USA
England 44 – 22 0 – 36 36 – 20 28 – 10
Samoa 7 – 59 15 – 19 25 – 21
South Africa 30 – 25 64 – 15
Tonga 20-36 19-15 25-30 25 – 15
United States

2011 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Tonga played in Pool A. After losing to New Zealand and Canada, they beat Japan and then had an upset victory over eventual finalists France, their greatest World Cup match result to date.

Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 New Zealand 4 4 0 0 36 240 49 +191 4 20
 France 4 2 0 2 13 124 96 +28 3 11
 Tonga 4 2 0 2 7 80 98 −18 1 9
 Canada 4 1 1 2 9 82 168 −86 0 6
 Japan 4 0 1 3 8 69 184 −115 0 2
9 September 2011 New Zealand  41–10  Tonga Eden Park, Auckland
14 September 2011 Tonga  20–25  Canada Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
21 September 2011 Tonga  31–18  Japan Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
1 October 2011 France  14–19  Tonga Regional Stadium, Wellington

2015 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 New Zealand 4 4 0 0 25 174 49 +125 3 19
 Argentina 4 3 0 1 22 179 70 +109 3 15
 Georgia 4 2 0 2 5 53 123 –70 0 8
 Tonga 4 1 0 3 8 70 130 –60 2 6
 Namibia 4 0 0 4 8 70 174 –104 1 1
19 September 2015 Tonga  10–17  Georgia Kingsholm, Gloucester
29 September 2015 Tonga  35–21  Namibia Sandy Park, Exeter
4 October 2015 Argentina  45–16  Tonga Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
9 October 2015 New Zealand  47–9  Tonga St. James' Park, Newcastle

Hosting[edit]

So far Tonga has not hosted any World Cup games, and has not put in bids for future tournaments. Due to the lack of facilities, and the small size of the island nation, it is unlikely it will do so in the future.

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