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Published 09/10/2015

Sonny Bill Williams of the New Zealand All Blacks scores their fifth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Tonga at St James' Park on October 9, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Sonny Bill Williams of the New Zealand All Blacks scores their fifth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Tonga at St James' Park on October 9, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Nehe Milner-Skudder (L) of the New Zealand All Blacks scores their fourth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Tonga at St James' Park on October 9, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
New Zealand's centre Ma'a Nonu scores his team's seventh try during a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Tonga at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England, on October 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS
Nehe Milner-Skudder of the New Zealand All Blacks scores their third try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Tonga at St James' Park on October 9, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Ma'a Nonu of the New Zealand All Blacks takes on Tukulua Lokotui of Tonga during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Tonga at St James' Park on October 9, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
New Zealand's prop Tony Woodcock scores his team's second try during a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Tonga at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England, on October 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS
Tonga's wing Fetu'u Vainikolo (L) catches the ball next to New Zealand's wing Nehe Milner-Skudder (C) during a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Tonga at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England, on October 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
New Zealand's full-back Ben Smith scores the first try during a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Tonga at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England, on October 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
New Zealand's players line up prior to a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Tonga at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England, on October 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS
New Zealand fans wearing face paint outside St James' Park before during the World Cup match at St James' Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
All Blacks players (L-R) Ben Franks, Aaron Smith and Ma'a Nonu answer questions after surprising a local U15s rugby team at the Discover Centre on October 8, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The Discovery Museum is hosting a Rugby World Cup exhibition that contains a New Zealand Rugby shirt from their first tour of England in 1905. Percy Park RFU, who received the surprise, hosted the All Blacks during the original tour in 1905. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images for AIG)
New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams before the World Cup match at St James' Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
A New Zealand fan cheers on the All Blacks during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Tonga at St James' Park on October 9, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Sonny Bill Williams of the New Zealand All Blacks looks on prior to kickoff during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Tonga at St James' Park on October 9, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Fans of New Zealand give a thumbs up prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Tonga at St James' Park on October 9, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
New Zealand fans wearing face paint outside St James' Park before during the World Cup match at St James' Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
New Zealand fan Casey Coya, 12, waves a flag outside St James' Park before during the World Cup match at St James' Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
New Zealand fans soak up the atmosphere prior to kickoff during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Tonga at St James' Park on October 9, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Tonga take on the All Blacks in Pool C fixture at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Kick off: 20:00

New Zealand and Tonga meet in a rematch of the opening fixture four years ago, with both teams ending their pool stage campaign this Friday where Tonga need a victory to beat Georgia to third place and automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup.

It’s a big game for…

Ma’a Nonu: The big New Zealand centre has two reasons to have a big game. First, he has to try and cement his place, with Sonny Bill Williams breathing down his neck. But, more importantly, he collects his 100th cap for the Kiwis this weekend.  A monumental achievement for any player, but doubly so for the All Blacks.

Teams...

New Zealand: Ben Smith; Nehe Milner-Skudder, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Waisake Naholo; Dan Carter, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read, Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino; Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano; Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Broadie Retallick, Liam Messam, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams

Tonga: Vungakoto Lilo; Telusa Veainu, Siale Piutau, Latiume Fosita, Fetu’u Vainikolo; Kurt Morath, Tane Takulua; Viliami Ma’afu, Nili Latu, Sione Kalamafoni; Joe Tu’ineau, Tukulua Lokotui; Halani Aulika, Elvis Taione, Soane Tonga’uiha.

Replacements: Paula Ngauamo, Alisona Taumalolo, Sila Puafasi, Steve Mafi, Jack Ram, Samisoni, Fisiau, Viliami Tahitu’a, William Helu.

Best stat…

37: In the four previous fixtures, New Zealand have managed a try scoring difference of + 37 against Tonga. They have scored 39 and conceded just twice, both in World Cup pool matches (2003 and 2011.)

Remember when…

Lomu went on a run? In the 2000 fixture between these two sides, Jonah Lomu was one of the ones to watch. He broke through the gain line and it took a third of the Tongan side to push him off the field.

Player to watch…

Nehe  Milner-Skudder: The young Hurricanes player has burst onto the All Black scene this season. He made some significant yards against Argentina and scored a brace against Namibia, so watch out for more of the same, particularly when he’s competing for a starting place in the quarter-finals.

Past three-meetings…

New Zealand 41 (Dagg (2), Kahui (2), Kaino, Nonu) - Tonga 10 (Taumalolo) Rugby World Cup pool fixture – September 2011

New Zealand 91 (Braid, Carter, Flynn, Ralph (2), Spencer, Meeuws, Penalty try, Muliaina (2),  MacDonald, Howlett (2)) - Tonga 7 (Hola) Rugby World Cup pool fixture – October 2003.

New Zealand 102 Tonga 0. Summer Internationals 2000.

Form guide…

New Zealand: WLWWWW

Tonga: WWWLWL

Vital information…

Kick-off: 20.00 Friday 9th October

TV: Live on ITV4, highlights on ITV.

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