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Posted Friday, September 27th 2019

Piutau at inside centre for Pumas clash

Tonga captain Siale Piutau switches from outside to inside centre for his country's Pool C matchup with Argentina on Saturday at Hanazono Rugby Stadium.

Fit-again hooker Paula Ngauamo is the only switch in the pack, while James Faiva replaces Morath, Telusa Veainu is in at full-back and Malietoa Hingano starts at centre.

Tonga's lack of attacking threat was the most worrying feature of last week, but coach Toutai Kefu believes Veainu's return from injury could make a big difference.

"We don’t have many players like Telusa," said Australian World Cup winner Kefu. "He is high quality and has a lot of X-factor.
"He is critical for us. That’s why we've thrown him straight in – he is an integral part of the team.

"He possibly could have played last week, but we just wanted to give him an extra week. I think he will give us spark in attack – he can make something out of nothing."


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