Wales vs. Tonga Rugby 2013: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Wales vs. Tonga Rugby 2013: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Wales' penultimate Test of the November international series comes against Tonga in what Warren Gatland will hope is perfect preparation for the visit of Australia the following weekend.

The Welsh have a sorry record when it comes to the autumn period over recent years and, as Simon Thomas suggests, last weekend's triumph over Argentina was a landmark occasion:

That being said, Gatland's men can't bask in their victory for too long and have a considerable examination coming up this Friday, where Tonga will be looking to close their tour of the Northern Hemisphere with a bang.

Read on for a breakdown of all the vital match information as well as a preview of the encounter.

 

Date: Friday, Nov. 22

Time: 7:30 p.m. local time (GMT)/2:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Millennium Stadium

Viewing Info: BBC Two (UK)

Stream: BBC Sport website 

 

Let's Get Physical

It's a typical trait of the Pacific Island nations to play an up-front style of rugby based largely on their running game, something which was on show in their clash with France last weekend.

At the Stade de France, a brawl between opposing players resulted in two red cards just a minute into the second half, but the blood often boils for an entire 80 minutes.

Not long after having to cope with the physicality of South Africa, Wales face another test of their durability this Friday in what promises to be another extravaganza of collisions.

That being said, Gatland's side would be wise to pick their battles with the daunting Tongans, instead opting for a territory game where they can utilise space instead of getting too up close and personal.

 

Hallam Amos' Wales Debut

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A slew of injuries in the Welsh squad has meant that Hallam Amos, just 19 years of age, has been announced as a starter on Gatland's wing this weekend.

As Rucktales show via this tweet, it was only a few weeks ago that the teenager was busy enjoying a student's life:

Last month, Amos scored a brace of tries in Newport Gwent Dragons' win over Zebre, per the official RaboDirect Pro12 website, and it clearly hasn't gone unnoticed by Welsh selectors.

It's a big ask for one so young to go up against a team so mighty in terms of physical stature, but the promising Dragons speedster has the field ahead of him to hit the international turf running.

 

Key Battle: Justin Tipuric vs. Nili Latu

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With Sam Warburton benched ahead of the upcoming Australian encounter, Justin Tipuric is set to start at openside for the Welsh this weekend, but has a pivotal battle ahead.

Tonga captain Nili Latu was one of his side's brighter sparks against Les Bleus last week and led the attacking line incredibly well, grabbing the assists for both tries that his team managed to score.

Tipuric is no slouch with ball in-hand himself, however, and it's very likely that these two will be running into each other on a frequent basis. Expect Tipuric's class to come out on top. 

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