Pool A latest – Maka concern for Tonga

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Maka concern for Tonga – Tonga captain Finau Maka is the only injury concern ahead of the tournament opener on 9 September.

Maka has hardly trained for the past two days due to an Achilles injury, but is confident that he will be fit enough to lead his side against the All Blacks. A final call on his availability will be made after the captain’s run on Thursday.

Tonga - Vunga Lilo, Viliame Iongi, Suka Hufanga, Andrew Ma’ilei, Siale Piutau, Kurt Morath, Taniela Moa, Viliami Ma’afu, Finau Maka (c), Sione Kalamafoni, Joe Tu’ineau, Paino Hehea, Taufa’ao Filise, Aleki Lutui, Soane Tonga’uiha.
Subs: Ephraim Taukafa, Alisona Taumalolo, Kisi Pulu, Sione Timani, Samiu Vahafolau, Samisoni Fisilau, Alipate Fatafehi.

Japan name side for France - Japan have named a match 22 featuring a multitude of foreign-born players for their clash with France in Auckland.

Japan - 15. Shaun Webb, 14. Kosuke Endo, 13. Koji Taira, 12. Ryan Nicholas, 11. Hirotoki Onozawa, 10. James Arlidge, 9. Fumiaki Tanaka, 8. Ryukolinias Holani, 7. Michael Leitch, 6. Takashi Kikutani (c), 5. Toshizumi Kitagawa, 4. Luke Thompson, 3. Kensuke Hatakeyama, 2. Shota Horie, 1. Hisateru Hirashima
Subs: 16. Yusuke Aoki, 17. Nozomu Fujita, 18. Hitoshi Ono, 19. Itaru Taniguchi, 20. Atsushi Hiwasa, 21. Murray Williams, 22. Alisi Tupuailai