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22 September 2019 13:53

As he performed in spurts, so too did Tonga, spirited and savvy.

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Where would the world of rugby be without the Pacific Islanders? Where would World Rugby be without them for that matter, players such as Samoan-born Manu Tuilagi, whose 'heart and soul,' still belongs to his homeland no matter his fealty to the country who has nurtured his talent. In a fractured, ho-hum, error-packed England performance, Tuilagi was England's beacon, scoring two tries, running free and with destructive intent, a belligerent presence but clever too in his angles of running. As he performed in spurts, so too did Tonga, spirited and savvy. The overwhelmingly better-resourced side in white, though, were too fit, too strong, too used to this elite level of competition.

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