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.


NationNumber of appearancesFirst appearanceMost recent appearanceStreakBest result
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 8198720197Two wins, 2007, 2011

By position

By match

1987 Rugby World Cup

Pool 2 games -

Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 33008231136
IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 32018441114
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 3102659072
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 3003299830
4 May 1987
Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg37 4Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Tries: Palmer (2)
Vaesen (2)
Penalty try
Con: Wyatt (2)
Gareth Rees
Pen: Rees
Try: Valu

29 May 1987
Tonga  Flag of Tonga.svg16 29Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Tries: Fielea
Con: Liavaʻa
Pen: Liavaʻa
Tries: Webbe (3)
Con: Thorburn (2)
Pen: Thorburn (2)
Drop: Davies

3 June 1987
Ireland  IRFU flag.svg32 9Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Tries: Mullin (3)
MacNeill (2)
Con: Ward (3)
Pen: Ward (2)
Pen: Amone (3)
Ballymore, Brisbane
Referee: Guy Maurette Flag of France.svg

1995 Rugby World Cup

Pool D games -

Flag of France.svg  France 3300114479
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 3201149277
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 310244905
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 3003291723
26 May 1995
France  Flag of France.svg38 10Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Tries: Thierry Lacroix (2), Aubin Hueber, Philippe Saint-André
Con: Thierry Lacroix (3)
Pen: Thierry Lacroix (3)
Drop: Yann Delaigue
Tries: Tevita Vaʻenuku
Con: Sateki Tu'ipulotu
Pen: Sateki Tu'ipulotu
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 25 000
Referee: Steve Lander Flag of England.svg

30 May 1995
Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg41 5Flag of Tonga.svg  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 Flag of Australia (converted).svg

3 June 1995
Ivory Coast  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg11 29Flag of Tonga.svg  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 Flag of the United States.svg

1999 Rugby World Cup

Pool B games -

Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 3300176289
Flag of England.svg  England 3201184477
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 3102471715
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 3003351963
3 October 1999
New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg45 9Flag of Tonga.svg  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 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg

10 October 1999
Italy  Flag of Italy.svg25 28Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Tries: Alessandro Moscardi
Con: Diego Dominguez
Pen: Diego Dominguez (6)
Tries: Taunaholo Taufahema, 'Isileli Fatani, Sateki Tuipulotu
Con: Sateki Tuipulotu (2)
Pen: Sateki Tuipulotu (2)
Drop: Sateki Tuipulotu
Welford Road, Leicester
Referee: David McHugh Flag of Ireland.svg

15 October 1999
England  Flag of England.svg101 10Flag of Tonga.svg  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: Dave Tiueti
Con: Sateki Tuipulotu
Pen: Sateki Tuipulotu
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 72,485
Referee: Wayne Erickson Flag of Australia (converted).svg

2003 Rugby World Cup

Group D games-

Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 440028257420
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 430113298214
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 42027712308
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 41035413515
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 40044617811
Italy  Flag of Italy.svg36 12Flag of Tonga.svg  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 Flag of New Zealand.svg

Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg27 20Flag of Tonga.svg  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 Flag of New Zealand.svg

New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg91 7Flag of Tonga.svg  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 Flag of Argentina.svg

Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg24 7Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Tries: Fauth, Abrams
Con: Pritchard
Pen: Ross (4)
Tries: Kivalu
Con: Hola
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Attendance: 15,630
Referee: Alain Rolland Flag of Ireland.svg

2007 Rugby World Cup

Pool A matches -

Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 44002418947+142319
Flag of England.svg  England 43011110888+20214
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 420298996−719
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 4103569143−7415
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4004761142−8111
12 September 2007
United States  Flag of the United States.svg15–25Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Tries: MacDonald 47' m
Stanfill 67' c
Con: Hercus (1/2)
Pen: Hercus (1/2) 33'
Report Tries: Maka 2' c
Vaka 59' m
Vaki 70' c
Con: Hola (2/3)
Pen: Hola (2/2) 7', 26'
16 September 2007
Samoa  Flag of Samoa.svg15–19Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Pen: Williams (5/6) 6', 21', 23', 29', 69' Report Try: Taione 60' c
Con: Hola (1/1)
Pen: Hola (4/5) 3', 38', 47', 67'
22 September 2007
South Africa  Flag of South Africa.svg30–25Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Tries: Pienaar (2) 18' c, 65' m
Smith 59' c
Skinstad 62' m
Con: Pretorius (1/1)
Montgomery (1/3)
Pen: Steyn (1/1) 54'
Montgomery (1/1) 76'
Report Tries: Pulu 44' c
Hufanga 70' m
Vaki 72' c
Con: Hola (2/3)
Pen: Hola (2/3) 9', 78'
Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens
Attendance: 40,069
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
28 September 2007
England  Flag of England.svg36–20Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Tries: Sackey (2) 20' m, 38' m
Tait 57' c
Farrell 66' c
Con: Wilkinson (2/4)
Pen: Wilkinson (2/3) 14', 36'
Drop: Wilkinson (2/2) 32', 72'
Report Tries: Hufanga 17' c
Pole 80' c
Con: Hola (2/2)
Pen: Hola (2/2) 11', 55'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 45,085
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

2011 Rugby World Cup

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.

Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 44003624049+191420
Flag of France.svg  France 42021312496+28311
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 4202780981819
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 41129821688606
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 401386918411502
9 September 2011 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg41–10Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga Eden Park, Auckland
14 September 2011 Tonga  Flag of Tonga.svg20–25Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
21 September 2011 Tonga  Flag of Tonga.svg31–18Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
1 October 2011 France  Flag of France.svg14–19Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga Regional Stadium, Wellington

2015 Rugby World Cup

Pool C

Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 44002517449+125319
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 43012217970+109315
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 4202553123–7008
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 4103870130–6026
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 4004870174–10411
19 September 2015 Tonga  Flag of Tonga.svg 10–17 Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Kingsholm, Gloucester
29 September 2015 Tonga  Flag of Tonga.svg 35–21 Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia Sandy Park, Exeter
4 October 2015 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg 45–16 Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
9 October 2015 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg 47–9 Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga St. James' Park, Newcastle

2019 Rugby World Cup

Pool C

Flag of England.svg  England 43101711920+99317
Flag of France.svg  France 431097951+28115
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 42021410691+15311
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 4103967105−3826
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4004752156−10400
22 September 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) England  Flag of England.svg35–3Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Try: Tuilagi (2) 24' m, 31' c
George 57' c
Cowan-Dickie 77' c
Con: Farrell (3/4) 33', 58', 78'
Pen: Farrell (3/3) 11', 37', 43'
Report Pen: Takulua (1/1) 15'
Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
Attendance: 35,923
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)

28 September 2019
13:45 JST (UTC+09)
(1 BP) Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg28–12Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Try: Montoya (3) 7' c, 17' c, 26' c
Carreras 20' c
Con: Urdapilleta (4/4) 9', 19', 21', 28'
Report Try: Veainu (2) 30' c, 66' m
Con: Takulua (1/2) 32'

6 October 2019
16:45 JST (UTC+09)
France  Flag of France.svg23–21Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga (1 BP)
Try: Vakatawa 6' c
Raka 32' c
Con: Ntamack (2/2) 7', 34'
Pen: Ntamack (3/4) 4', 52', 60'
Report Try: Takulua 40' c
Hingano 47' c
Kapeli 79' c
Con: Takulua (2/2) 40'+1, 49'
Fosita (1/1) 80'
Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto
Attendance: 28,477
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)

13 October 2019
14:45 JST (UTC+09)
United States  Flag of the United States.svg19–31Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga (1 BP)
Try: Te'o (2) 21' c, 26' m
Lamborn 77' c
Con: MacGinty (2/3) 22', 78'
Report Try: Fisiihoi 17' c
Hingano 58' c
Piutau 62' c
Veainu 80'+1 c
Con: Takulua (2/2) 19', 60'
Faiva (1/1) 64'
Piutau (1/1) 80+2'
Pen: Takulua (1/1) 51'
Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiōsaka
Attendance: 22,012
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)


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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