Tonga 2017 RLWC

Date: 25/11/17 (Photo Credit NRL Photos) 

For all those die hard rugby league fans please see the below statistics and history of previous matches between Tonga and England provided by League Information Services.

  • These nations meet for the first time in a full international
  • England have reached the semi-finals of the past four World Cups, winning one and losing three. Their last win was in 1995 when they defeated Wales 25-10 to advance to the final
    England’s World Cup Semi-Finals
    Year      Venue                                      Opponent           Result
    1995      Old Trafford, Manchester         Wales                  Won 25-10
    2000      Reebok Stadium, Bolton          New Zealand       Lost 6-49
    2008      Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane     New Zealand       Lost 22-32
    2013      Wembley Stadium, London      New Zealand       Lost 18-20


    • Tonga winger David Fusitu’a has scored five tries in his past two games
    • England play their first match at Mt Smart Stadium. In their only Test at the venue, Tonga were beaten 56-8 by New Zealand in 2008. Centre Michael Jennings is the only Tongan player remaining from that game
    • England winger Jermaine McGillvary has scored at least one try in his past nine Test matches

    Jermaine McGillvary’s Past Nine Test Appearances
    Year                     Opponent                      Tries
    2016                     France                               1
    2016                     New Zealand                     1
    2016                     Scotland                             1
    2016                     Australia                             1
    2017                     Samoa                                1
    2017                     Australia                              1
    2017                     Lebanon                              1
    2017                     France                                 2
    2017                     Papua New Guinea             2

    • England prop James Graham will play his 13th World Cup game, breaking the English record of Kevin Sinfield

    Most World Cup Appearances for England
                   12                   James Graham
                   12                   Kevin Sinfield
                   11                   James Roby
                   10                   Paul Wellens
                     9                    Andy Farrell
                     9                    Keith Senior
                     9                    Kris Radlinski
                     9                    Chris Hill
                     9                    Jamie Peacock