Argentina vs Tonga face off on Saturday at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Higashiosaka as they each look to claim their maiden 2019 Rugby World Cup wins.
Both teams will have mixed feelings after the opening round of fixtures. Los Pumas fought back valiantly against France, but still lost 23-21. Tonga, meanwhile, put in an impressive shift in the 35-3 defeat to England with nothing to show for it.
Argentina and Tonga are each all but fighting for World Cup survival and this should lead to a cracking contest.
The Argentine lineout maul was a threat against France and it will be interesting to see whether or not Mario Ledesma employs similar a similar strategy against the bruising Tongans.
The Pumas will be desperate for a win to keep their qualification chances alive after a heartbreaking two-point defeat against France.
That defeat extended their recent horror international run to eleven defeats on the spin.
What time does Argentina vs Tonga kick off?
THIS World Cup clash is set for Saturday, September 28.
Kick-off is at 5.45am UK time, so get the coffee ready.
That’s 1.45pm local time, 1,45am in Argentina and 5.45pm in Tonga.
The Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Higashiosaka hosts the showdown.
What TV channel is Argentina vs Tonga on and can I live stream it?
YOU can catch this clash on ITV1 with coverage starting at 5.30am.
If you want to stream the action instead, head to the ITV Hub or TVPlayer.
In Argentina, the game will be on ESPN while Fiji TV will be showing it in Tonga.
How can I watch for free?
EVERY minute of this year’s World Cup is on free-to-air TV in the UK.
But whether you choose to watch on ITV, ITV Hub or TV Player you will require a valid TV licence.
What is the team news?
Argentina: Boffelli; Moroni, Orlando, De La Fuente, Carreras; Urdapilleta, Cubelli; Tetaz Chaparro, Montoya, Figallo, Petti, Lavanini, Matera, Kremer, Lezana.
Replacements: Creevy, Vivas, Medrano, Alemanno, Ortega Desio, Ezcurra, Sanchez, Delguy.
Tonga: Veainu; Lolohea, Hingano, Piutau, Halaifonua; Faiva, Takulua; Fisi’ihoi, Ngauamo, Tameifuna, Lousi, Fifita, Kalamafoni, Kapeli, Vaipulu.
Replacements: Sakalia, Fifita, Fia, Mafi, Manu, Fukofuka, Fosita, Vuna.