Tonga v Georgia: Rugby World Cup Pool C preview
Last Updated: 19/09/15 4:33pm
Tonga have made six changes to the starting XV from their last warm-up game for their opening World Cup Pool C match against Georgia in Gloucester on Saturday.
Telusa Veainu has been named on the wing and Vunga Lilo will play at full-back at Kingsholm.
Viliami Ma'afu will start at No 8, Sione Kalamafoni moves to blindside flanker and Steve Mafi switches into the second row following the 21-16 victory over Romania in Bucharest on September 5.
Winger Fetu'u Vainikolo, who has moved to Oyonnax after a spell with Exeter, needs one try to become Tonga's leading Test try-scorer with 15.
Only five players remain in the starting team from Tonga's last World Cup match, their shock 19-14 win over France in 2011.
Elvis Taione, Tevita Mailau, Sitiveni Mafi, Sonatane Takulua and Telusa Veaninu will make their World Cup debuts.
Georgia will field the youngest player in Rugby World Cup history when scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze starts in Saturday's match against Tonga.
The 18-year-old is set to break the World Cup record held by American Thretton Palamo when he features against Pool C opponents Tonga at Kingsholm in Gloucester.
"Just a few years ago, I would not have imagined that I would play for the Georgian national team, let alone at a World Cup," Lobzhanidze said.
"It is a dream come true, it's a fantastic feeling."
Lobzhanidze plays in the top division in Georgia and remembers being at school during the last World Cup in New Zealand four years ago.
"I was very young, so I almost don't remember the last World Cup. We have 12 grades of school in Georgia and I was in the 10th grade," he said.
Georgia coach Milton Haig is expecting his youngest player to make an impact on his side's pool fixtures which see them take on Namibia, New Zealand and Argentina.
"He's in the squad because he is one of the top three scrum-halves in Georgia and he's our No. 1 number nine," Haig said.
"Although he is only 18, he plays and makes decisions like a 25 or 26-year-old, and he makes good decisions under pressure.