Springbok’s Rugby World Cup group confirmed after Tonga qualifiers

Tonga has qualified for 2023 Rugby World Cup Completing the Tournament Pool B lineup alongside the Springboks.

The Springboks also share the group with fellow URC nations Ireland and Scotland, who qualified for the tournament based on rankings.

Romania went through a dramatic qualifying process that ended in disciplinary proceedings against Spain, who had initially secured a place in Pool B.

The Oaks faced the Springboks on 1995 Rugby World Cup in a match that became a real attrition for the eventual winners.

Tonga joins the Springboks in Pool B

Tonga secured their place with a comfortable win over Hong Kong over the weekend.

Scrumhalf Sonatane Takulua scored a hat-trick in the game and afterwards admitted Tonga was relieved to reach the World Championship.

“I was lucky to get three tries, but it wasn’t just me — it was the effort of all the guys,” Takulua said.

“It’s a huge relief to get the win tonight.”

Tonga has played each of the top-ranked nations in its group at previous RWCs, but has not recorded a win against any of them

Perhaps another good omen for the Springboks that Tonga was in their group the last time the RWC was in France and South Africa went all the way on that occasion.

The Springboks beat Tonga 30-25 at RWC 2007. Photo: World Rugby

Tonga gave the Springboks a tremendous scare in that group game, propelling them all the way to a 30-25 victory for the men in green and gold.

The Islanders have won just one game each in the last two tournaments and are not expected to pose a serious challenge to progress.

They will bring a physical presence that could cause awkward moments even for the best teams.

Only the All Blacks (in 2011 and 2015) have been able to win back-to-back Rugby World Cups.

The next edition of the Rugby World Cup starts on September 8th, 2023.

Springbok’s Rugby World Cup group confirmed after Tonga qualifiers

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