Tonga pack to average over 19 stone a man against England
Piutau is one of seven players in the Pacific Islanders’ starting XV who has experience of playing in England and among four who competed in the Gallagher Premiership last season.
The total weight of pack comes in at a 974kg, an average of just under 122kg a man.
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“Eddie Jones prepares his teams really well. This is a massive challenge for us, but we have nothing to lose and I think England are under more pressure than us,” head coach Toutai Kefu said.
“He’s picked a very strong team, but is there a weak England team? I don’t think there is with this squad.”
Tonga: D Halaifonua; A Pakalani, S Piutau, C Vuna, V Lolohea; K Morath, S Takulua; S Fisiihoi, S Sakalia, B Tameifuna, S Lousi, H Fifita, S Kalamafoni, Z Kapeli, M Vaipulu.
Replacements: S Maile, L Talakai, M Fia, D Faleafa, N Mau, L Fukofuka, J Faiva, N Tu’itavake.
– PA, additional reporting by RugbyPass
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