Ireland vs Tonga Rugby

Ireland returns to action tonight in the Rugby World Cup 2023 as they take on minnows Tonga in a Pool B fixture. The match will take place at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes.

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  • Rugby World Cup 2023
  • Ireland vs. Tonga | Pool B
  • Date: Saturday, 16 September 2023
  • Kick-off Time: 8:00 pm BST / 9:00 pm local time
  • Venue: Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, France

Ireland vs Tonga: Team News and Line-Ups

Ireland’s coach has made four changes for tonight’s game against Tonga from the side that defeated Romania in their opening game.

Mack Hansen, Conor Murray, Ronan Kelleher, and Josh van der Flier come in for Keith Earls, Jamison Gibson-Park, Rob Herring and Joe McCarthy. Dave Kilcoyne and Robbie Henshaw have recovered and will start on the bench.

Tonga will miss the services of Israel Folau and Telusa Veainu as they are ruled out of the tournament due to injuries. George Moala is suspended for three games for his dangerous tackle against Canada in a warm-up game. He will be sidelined for this match, and against South Africa and Scotland.

Tonga will feature at least four former All Blacks in Malakai Fekitoa, Charles Piutau, Vaea Fifita, and Augustine Pulu as they are now eligible to play for Tonga after sitting out three years from International rugby.

Ireland XV

Keenan; Hansen, Ringrose, Aki, Lowe; Sexton (c), Murray; Porter, Kelleher, Furlong; Beirne, Ryan; O’Mahony, Van der Flier, Doris.

Replacements: Herring, Kilcoyne, Bealham, Henderson, Baird, Casey, Byrne, Henshaw.

Tonga XV

Piutau; Taumoepeau, Fekitoa, Ahki, Kata; Mausia, Pulu; Fisi’ihoi, Ngauamo, Tameifuna (c); Lousi, L Fifita; Halaifonua, Talitui, V Fifita.

Replacements: Moli, Kolomatangi, Apikotoa, Mafi, Funaki, Vailanu, Takul, Inisi.


This will be the third meeting between Ireland and Tonga at a Rugby World Cup tournament. Ireland won the first meeting by 32-9 in the 1987 Rugby World Cup in Brisbane.

Ireland also won 40-19 in their only other meeting during a summer tour in 2003.

How to Watch Ireland vs Tonga Rugby World Cup on TV?

Ireland vs. Tonga match in the RWC 2023 will be available live on ITV1 in the UK, with live streaming on the ITVX app and website. The live coverage will start at 7:15 pm BST before the 8:00 pm BST kick-off.

In Ireland, fans can watch this match live on RTE and the live stream will be available on the RTE Player.

Fans can watch the Rugby World Cup matches on NBC in the United States. In Australia, fans can watch Rugby World Cup games on Stan Sport, and on Sky Sports NZ in New Zealand.

Here are the official TV and live-streaming broadcasters of the Rugby World Cup 2023 in different territories.

Country  TV Channel Live Stream
USA NBC Peacock, FuboTV, Sling
France TF1, M6, France TV MYTF1
New Zealand  Sky Sports NZ, Prime Sky Go
Australia  Stan Sport, Nine Stan App, 9Now
South Africa  SuperSport DStv App
Argentina  TVP, Star+ Star+
Ireland RTE, Virgin Media RTE Player
Japan J Sports
Italy Sky Sports, RAI Sky Go


Ireland vs Tonga Live Stream Free

Today’s Ireland vs Tonga Rugby World Cup match live stream will be available on ITVX for free in the UK.

Here are the live streaming options in different territories.

  • UK: ITVX
  • USA: Peacock, FuboTV
  • New Zealand: Sky Go
  • Italy: Sky Go
  • Australia: Stan App


ITVX is the streaming home for all of ITV, meaning fans can enjoy the Rugby World Cup 2023 live stream on ITVX.

You can easily download the app from your app store. You can watch ITVX for free, or buy a premium subscription for £5.99 a month or £59.99 a year. ITVX Premium lets you watch ad-free and download shows to your mobile device.


Peacock will provide the live stream of all 48 matches of the Rugby World Cup in the USA.

To access all of the content Peacock has to offer, you can sign up for a Peacock Premium subscription at $5.99 a month (+tax) or $59.99 per year (+tax).

Fubo TV

Cord cutters can watch the Ireland vs Tonga RWC match live stream on NBC through FuboTV. The FuboTV pro pack comes at $74.99 per month and offers a 7-day free trial.

Ireland will look for the bonus-point win against Tonga before they face South Africa and Scotland

Ireland had a perfect start of the tournament last week. They brushed aside Romania in their opening fixture of the tournament comfortably by 82-8. The 12-try hammering saw the Irish captain Johnny Sexton’s return.

The Irish side will look to cash on the bonus-point victory before they face the defending champions South Africa and Scotland in Pool B fixtures. Scotland lost their opening game against the Springboks and now they need to defeat Ireland.

On the other hand, Tonga have never made it out of the Pool phase and they will face a stern test this time with Ireland, South Africa, and Scotland in the same pool. Making things worse, the Pacific Islanders struggled in their warm-up for the competition.

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Golam Muktadir is a passionate sports fan and a dedicated movie buff. He has been writing about both topics for over a decade and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with his readers. Muktadir has a degree in journalism and has written for several well-known publications, including Surprise Sports.


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