Tonga will field a near one-tonne pack in almost every game for 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup. The total weight of the pack comes in at a 974 kg, an average of just under 122 kg a man.
The most recognised player is, of course, Ben Tamefuina who plays in the French Top14 with Racing 92. The prop who last year weighed in at a colossal 153 kg to make him the heaviest player in Test rugby. With his weight and the rest of Tonga forward pack weight, they will surely dominate in scrum time. Ben Tameifuna is a great scrums prop with experience playing in Europe and also playing for Chiefs in Super Rugby where he goes head-to-head against the All Blacks, Wallabies, and Springboks props. Scrum and big ball carrier will be Tonga’s main weapon for this year 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup.
Even though they would have the heaviest forward pack in Japan Rugby World Cup but it looks there will be a huge disadvantage in terms of pace and fitness. England were ready to counter this by putting on Kyle Sinckler, Jamie George and Joe Marler in the front row that offer more running play. The rest of the pack is also made up of players who could all operate in the back row like Maro Itoje and Courtney Lawes that frequently play as blindside-flanker for their club. England did have a five-strong unit to cause mayhem at the breakdown and support the free-running backs as evidenced by their trashing yesterday 35-3.