Rugby World Cup: Ireland not taking Tonga lightly | England make three changes ahead of Japan clash

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Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong and Hugo Keenan have stated that they are not taking Tonga lightly ahead of their Rugby World Cup match tomorrow.

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton retained his starting place for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup clash with Tonga as head coach Andy Farrell made four changes to his side.

Meanwhile, Lewis Ludlam has edged Billy Vunipola in the battle for England’s No 8 jersey for Sunday’s World Cup game with Japan.

Vunipola has completed his two-match suspension for a dangerous tackle against Ireland last month but the hard-carrying Saracen is limited to a bench role only for the Stade de Nice match.

Instead, Ludlam has been rewarded for his defensive masterclass as a replacement in the 27-10 rout of Argentina on Saturday by filling the hole in the back row created by Tom Curry’s suspension, also for an illegal challenge.

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