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Warm-up tests summary

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, RWC 2011 on 12 Aug 2011 at 13:51
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There is a host of pre-World Cup warm-up tests taking place this weekend, from the Northern Hemisphere where Wales take on England, to the Southern Hemisphere where Fiji take on Tonga in what can only be a bruising encounter! Here are the team sheets and maybe a few predictions on how the games might pan out.


This is a replay of last weekend’s match where England came out victors, only that the game will be played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Last week’s match was an entertaining affair, with both teams evenly matched and the Welsh having a better than expected second half. I predict the game will go in pretty much the same vain as the first with England coming away with a narrow victory.

Wales: 15 James Hook, 14 George North, 13 Jamie Roberts, 12 Gavin Henson, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Craig Mitchell, 2 Lloyd Burns, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Huw Bennett, 17 Ryan Bevington, 18 Josh Turnbull, 19 Justin Tipuric, 20 Tavis Knoyle, 21 Scott Williams, 22 Aled Brew.

England: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Mike Tindall (captain), 12 Shontayne Hape, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Hendre Fourie, 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Louis Deacon, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Steve Thompson, 1 Alex Corbisiero.
Replacements: 16 Lee Mears, 17 Matt Stevens, 18 Tom Palmer, 19 James Haskell, 20 Danny Care, 21 Charlie Hodgson, 22 Matt Banahan.

Date: Saturday, August 13
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-off: 14.30
Expected weather: Largely cloudy and staying mostly dry, but light drizzle still possible from thicker cloud. High 18°C, low 13°C
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Mathieu Raynal (France), Simon McDowell (Ireland)
TMO: Jim Yuille (Scotland)



Ireland came off second best to a gutsy Scotland last weekend, and things do not get any easier as they face France in Bordeaux this weekend. Even though the French will be fancied to take this match, this is their first test in a while and after the Irish had last weekend to sort some of the rustiness out, it could go down to the wire. I call a close French victory.

France: 15 Damien Traille, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 David Marty, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Dimitri Yachvili, 8 Raphael Lakafia, 7 Imanol Harinordoquy,  6 Thierry Dusautoir,  5 Romain Millo-Chluski,  4 Julien Pierre,  3 Luc Ducalcon,  2 Dimitri Szarzewski,  1 Sylvain Marconnet.
Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Jean-Baptiste Poux, 18 Lionel Nallet, 19 Julien Bonnaire, 20 Morgan Parra, 21 David Skrela, 22 Maxime Medard.

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Paddy Wallace, 11 Luke Fitzgerald, 10 Ronan O’Gara, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Denis Leamy, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Donnacha Ryan, 5 Leo Cullen (captain), 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Jerry Flannery, 17 Tony Buckley, 18 Paul O’Connell, 19 Jamie Heaslip, 20 Conor Murray, 21 Fergus McFadden, 22 Felix Jones.

Date: Saturday, August 13
Venue: Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux
Kick-off: 16.30
Expected weather: White Cloud. High 28°C, low 2°C.
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Dave Pearson (England), Stuart Terheege (England)
TMO: Giulio De Santis (Italy



In a North vs South match, the Italians host the Japanese in a warm up fixture that will do both teams the world of good. It is a battle of the minnows in a sense, but both teams will nevertheless still be hungry for victory. Nick Mallett’s men will take this game by quite a margin in the end.

Italy: 15 Luke McLean (Benetton Treviso), 14 Giulio Toniolatti (Aironi), 13 Alberto Sgarbi (Benetton Treviso), 12 Matteo Pratichetti (Aironi), 11 Tommaso Benvenuti (Benetton Treviso), 10 Riccardo Bocchino (Prato), 9 Edoardo Gori (Benetton Treviso), 8 Sergio Parisse (Stade Français), (captain), 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 6 Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Treviso), 5 Marco Bortolami (Aironi), 4 Quintin Geldenhuys (Aironi), 3 Lorenzo Cittadini (Benetton Treviso), 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso), 1 Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing-Metro).
Replacements: 16 Tommaso D’Apice (Aironi), 17 Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester Tigers), 18 Corniel van Zyl (Benetton Treviso), 19 Paul Derbyshire (Benetton Treviso), 20 Pablo Canavosio (Calvisano), 21 Luciano Orquera (Aironi), 22 Gonzalo Canale (Clermont Auvergne).

Japan: 15 Shaun Webb (Coca Cola West Red Sparks), 14 Kosuke Endo (Toyota Verblitz), 13 Koji Taira (Suntory Sungoliath), 12 Ryan Nicholas (Suntory Sungoliath), 11 Takeisa Usuzuki (Toyota Brave Lupus), 10 James Arlidge (Nottingham), 9 Fumiaki Tanaka (Panasonic Wild Knights), 8 Ryukoliniasi Holani (Panasonic Wild Knights), 7 Michael Leitch (Toshiba Brave Lupus), 6 Takashi Kikutani (Toyota Verblitz) (captain),  5 Toshizumi Kitagawa (Toyota Verblitz), 4 Justin Ives (Panasonic Wild Knights), 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama (Suntory Sungoliath), 2 Shota Horie (Panasonic Wild Knights), 1 Hisateru Hirashima (Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers).
Replacements: 16 Hiroki Yuhara (Toshiba Brave Lupus), 17 Nozomu Fujita (Honda Heat), 18 Luke Thompson (Kintetsu Liners), 19 Tadasuke Nishihara (Panasonic Wild Knights), 20 Atsushi Hiwasa (Suntory Sungoliath), 21 Alisi Tupuailai (Canon Eagles), 22 Murray Williams (Toyota Industry Shuttles).

Date: Saturday, 13 August 2011
Kick-off: 20.45
Venue: Stadio Dino Manuzzi, Cesena, Italy
Expected weather conditions: Clear with a high of 31°C, dropping to 19°C. Hot, but it’s an evening match.
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Jérôme Garces (France), Pascal Gauzere (France)
TMO: Tony Redmond (Ireland)


The game where most bones will be broken and most amazing hits will be put in as these teams fight each other for Island pride as they look to hone their shoulder-charge tackles on each other. Who knows which team will come out top, as Fiji are generally known as the stronger of the Island teams, but with Tonga could really lift their game for the World Cup this year, as they always do. Fiji to take this game, but a few injuries to be picked up in the process.

Fiji: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Vereniki Goneva, 13 Albert Vulivuli, 12 Seremaia Bai (vice-capt), 11 Adriu Delai, 10 Waisea Luveniyali, 9 Vitori Buatava, 8 Sisa Koyamaibole, 7 Malakai Ravulo, 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 5 Wame Lewaravu, 4 Rupeni Nasiga, 3 Deacon Manu (captain), 2 Sunia Koto, 1 Campese Maafu,
Replacements: 16 Viliame Veikoso, 17 Waisea Daveta, 18 Jovilisi Domolailai, 19 Masi Matadigo, 20 Waisale Vatuvoka, 21 Ravai Fatiaki, 22 Iliesa Keresoni

Tonga: 15 Viliame Iongi, 14 William  Helu, 13 Sukanaivalu Hufanga, 12 Andrew Mailei, 11 Fetu’u Vainikolo, 10 Samisoni Fisilau, 9 Taniela Moa, 8 Viliami Ma’afu, 7 Sione  Vaiomo’unga, 6 Sione  Kalamafoni, 5 Paino Hehea, 4 Tukulua Lokotui, 3 Halani Aulika, 2 Aleki Lutui (captain), 1 Alisona Taumalolo
Replacements: 16 Ephraim Taukafa, 17 Tonga Lea’aetoa, 18 Sione  Timani, 19 Samiu Vahafolau, 20 Tomasi Palu, 21 Siale Piutau, 22 Vungakoto Lilo
Date: Saturday, 13 August 2011
Kick-off: 15.30
Venue: Churchill Park in Lautoka
Expected weather conditions: An 80% chance of rain front thunderstorms with a high of 29°C, dropping to 21°C.
Referee: Keith Brown (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Vinny Munro (New Zealand)


  • Wasn’t it Samoa that beat the Aussies and not Tonga?

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.08.11 13:57:03 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Butchie34 (Comment 1) :

    Shit.. did I get it wrong?

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.08.11 13:58:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 1) :

    Thank you..

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.08.11 14:00:48 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : No problem.

    It’s always nice to see such nice local Italian names like Quintin Geldenhuys and Paul Derbyshire in the team and ethnic Japanese names like Ryan Nicholas, Murray Williams et al involved in this clash.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.08.11 14:06:16 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Campese Mafu? Love it 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.08.11 14:25:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Great isn’t it? Not difficult to work out who his folks liked on the rugby field!

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.08.11 14:42:30 by Villie Reply
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  • Japan v Italy is a nice north v north match. East meets West. Spaghetti meets sushi.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.08.11 15:25:14 by juz Reply

  • Thanx I needed this badly for my SuperBru – hope your prediction skills are good… 😀

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.08.11 15:45:02 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @juz: comment7: brilliant! 😀

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.08.11 01:38:55 by bergshark Reply

  • Taniela moa,the tongan scrumhalf,has stats of: height:1.82m weight:102kg. Couldve been a hooker in sa,but guess one must first weigh about 120kg to even be considered a winger in those parts .

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.08.11 01:41:57 by bergshark Reply

  • Can remember him scoring a try against the sharks in 2008 in durban for the blues.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.08.11 01:43:56 by bergshark Reply

  • Glad to see rolland and walsh involved in games up north..if only for the fact that they weren’t be reffing bok game vs aus.okay,walsh was always not going to be considered for this game.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.08.11 01:50:44 by bergshark Reply

  • Wasn’t romain poite the ref in the second test boks vs b&i lions 2009?

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.08.11 01:52:56 by bergshark Reply

  • Sounds like wales have lost the services of their capt and hooker matthew rees for the wc.player must undergo neck surgery.wishing him all the best and a speedy recovery!

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.08.11 01:54:28 by bergshark Reply

  • Though not sure bout welsh coach warren gatland who was hoping the player could undergo the operation after the wc..what?? Can’t sacrifice a player’s health for a game of rugby,even if it is the wc.thank goodness sane minds seem to have prevailed over in welsh and the player will now not risk more damage.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.08.11 01:58:03 by bergshark Reply

  • Fiji beat Tonga 27-12

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.08.11 10:43:26 by McLovin Reply

  • Wales 6 – 6 England

    30 mins

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.08.11 16:06:38 by Ben Reply
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  • Half Time

    Wales 6 – 6 England

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.08.11 16:19:46 by Ben Reply
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  • Wales 6 – 9 England

    50 mins

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.08.11 16:45:57 by Ben Reply
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  • Wales 13 – 9 England

    60 mins

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.08.11 16:57:43 by Ben Reply
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    Wales 19 – 9 England

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.08.11 18:07:35 by Ben Reply
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