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Otai wants Tonga to box clever in Georgia battle

Tonga coach Mana Otai has likened Saturday's World Cup Pool C opener against Georgia at Gloucester to a boxing match.

The Kingsholm encounter looks set to become a gruelling forward battle between two heavyweight packs as both sides target an early win in a group that also includes reigning world champions New Zealand and in-form Argentina.

"It is similar to a boxing match. We have got to try to take their strengths out and apply our own," said Otai.

"I believe we have the athleticism and experience as well, but one of the basic fundamentals of rugby is to look after your set-piece very well and that is an area we have been working very hard on."

Georgia will parade 18-year-old scrum-half Vasil Lobhanidze, who will become the youngest player ever to appear at a Rugby World Cup, breaking the previous record held by American Thretton Palamo.

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