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England and New Zealand off to a good start at 2019 RWC

New Zealand is widely considered to be the big favourites to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup tournament in Japan. England and South Africa are shared second favourites. Traditionally, it’s the host nation that kicks the tournament off. This year Japan opened the tournament in their own country against Russia. The hosts played a good match and defeated Russia with the support of their home fans with 30-10.

New Zealand versus South Africa

The opening weekend of the 2019 Rugby World Cup featured an exciting battle between two of the favourites to win this tournament. The big favourites New Zealand, also known as the All Blacks opened their tournament against second favourite South Africa. New Zealand has a 100% score after winning all their 28 World Cup group stage matches. Even though it was South Africa who scored the first points, it was a pretty convincing display by the All Blacks. They won this match with 23 to 13.

England versus Tonga

For Tonga it’s the 8th time they participate in a Rugby World Cup tournament. They never managed to get out of the group stages in their previous 7 attempts. England played in all previous 8 World Cups and won one of them. They finished runners-up twice, but their last attempt ended in the group stage. They were the clear favourites to win this match. England took the lead early in the match, but they conceded a penalty which brought both teams level. Tonga couldn’t score anymore after this penalty, while England managed to get 35 points in total. Eddie Jones and his team will be happy to start the tournament with a 35-3 victory. Now they need to preprate for the upcoming fixture against the United States.