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Brendon Mitchell

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  1. Post update


    What a start to day two - and the best news is we've still got another three Rugby World Cup matches to go!

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  2. Tonga 10-17 Georgia

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport at Kingsholm

    Absolute scenes here at Kingsholm as Georgia rightly do a lap of honour.

    Georgia celebrate
  3. Tonga 10-17 Georgia

    It might not dominate the newspaper headlines in this country tomorrow morning, but what a great moment for Georgian rugby union.

    At previous World Cups, they'd only ever registered wins over Namibia and Romania, but this victory over Tonga, ranked 11th in the world and only one place below Scotland, is a significant one.

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  5. Full-time

    Tonga 10-17 Georgia

    Georgia have done it! Nigel Owens' full-time whistle sparks jubilant celebrations, led by their superb captain Mamuka Gorgodze. Their best-ever moment at a Rugby World Cup, no doubt.

    Georgia celebrate
  6. Tonga on the charge

    Tonga 10-17 Georgia

    Tonga win a penalty, which they'll send to touch. Is there a sting in the tail? Perhaps not - because Georgia will put into the scrum following the aftermath and this match could well be theirs.

    The stats tell their own story for Tonga, but they're slipping to defeat...

  7. Missed penalty - Malaghuradze

    Tonga 10-17 Georgia

    But fly-half Lasha Malaghuradze, deputising from the tee with Merab Kvirikashvili in the sin bin, drags it wide. Still the match hangs well and truly in the balance.

  8. Tonga 10-17 Georgia

    The forward pass means a scrum - and Georgia win a penalty! Their pack has put them in a winning position in this game, and they may well have seen them over the line there too.

    Lasha Malaghuradze will go for goal...

  9. Tonga 10-17 Georgia

    Tonga are right back in this contest, and Fetu'u Vainikolo even sniffs an instant second try down the left only to be pulled back for a forward pass. Big, big five minutes ahead at Kingsholm.

  10. Try - Vainikolo, con Morath

    Tonga 10-17 Georgia

    Game on? Fetu'u Vainikolo eventually crosses in the corner to become Tonga's leading try scorer and grab his team a lifeline.

    Now, can Kurt Morath add the all-important extras from the angle? He certainly can!

    It gets worse for Georgia, too, as full-back Merab Kvirikashvili is sent to the sin bin for offside. They will end this game with 14 men on the field.

  11. Tonga 3-17 Georgia

    Tackles do indeed win matches, and Georgia are having to make plenty of those at the moment. Tonga are back inside their 22, but the clock is ticking.

  12. Tackles win matches

    Tonga 3-17 Georgia

    Tackles made
  13. Tonga 3-17 Georgia

    But another knock-on, just at the crucial moment, means Georgia have a scrum themselves, from which they win a penalty.

    They have 12 minutes to hold on for what would undoubtedly be their finest Rugby World Cup victory.

  14. Tonga 3-17 Georgia

    The Pacific Islanders are throwing everything, plus the kitchen sink, at Georgia here, camped inside their 22, but unable to find a way over...

  15. No try - Piutau

    Tonga 3-17 Georgia

    It turns out that Tonga centre Siale Piutau didn't have control of the ball as he slid over under pressure, but they were again playing with an advantage in their pocket, so we'll head back once more. To touch, we go...

    Siale Piutau
  16. Try review - Piutau

    Tonga 3-17 Georgia

    Tonga may well have grabbed themselves a try, through Siale Piutau, but we're heading to the television match official to check the grounding...

  17. Tonga 3-17 Georgia

    Tonga are on the charge now, up to the five-metre line. Can they drive their way over? A wayward kick forward means they can't, for now - but referee Nigel Owens had already awarded them a penalty after Georgia were caught offside, so they head to touch once more.

    Nigel Owens
  18. Tonga 3-17 Georgia

    Tonga really need a bit of magic now, and a high tackle hands them an opportunity to head to the corner. They must, must turn possession into points.

    All the while, Georgia have brought on a new-look front row, including Sale Sharks hooker Shalva Mamukashvili.

  19. Post update

    Georgia celebrate
  20. Try - Tkhilaishvili, con Kvirikashvili

    Tonga 3-17 Georgia

    Yes they can! Forward Giorgi Tkhilaishvili picks the ball up at the base of the ruck, brilliantly side-steps his way past the first tackler and then bursts over from close range.

    Merab Kvirikashvili converts from a tight angle and Georgia's lead is 14. Could that advantage be a winning one?

  21. Tonga 3-10 Georgia

    Now, here come Georgia through Merab Kvirikashvili, who beats a couple of tackles to send his side forward. They've got numbers over on the left too, can they make this count?...

  22. Who's winning the possession battle?

    Tonga 3-10 Georgia

    There's no doubting Tonga have had more of the ball in this match, but a combination of poor handling and fierce Georgian defence means they trail.

    Possession stats
  23. Missed penalty - Kvirikashvili

    Tonga 3-10 Georgia

    It drifts wide from the Georgia full-back though, and so Tonga are reprieved.

    Tonga fans
  24. Tonga 3-10 Georgia

    It's yet another almighty shove from Georgia's pack too, and they've won themselves a penalty to boot, which Merab Kvirikashvili will kick for goal...

  25. Tonga 3-10 Georgia

    This is becoming more and more frustrating for the Tongans, as prop Halani Aulika tries to make some metres inside his own half but promptly spills the ball. That's handling error number eight for the men in red.

  26. Tonga 3-10 Georgia

    You just can't keep Mamuka Gorgodze out of the game, as the Georgia skipper picks the ball up at the base of the scrum and makes a half-break to get his side moving forward.

    Go, go 'Gorgodzilla'...

  27. Tonga 3-10 Georgia

    A long boot forward from Merab Kvirikashvili hands Tonga a line-out inside their own half, which Exeter Chiefs hooker Elvis Taione will deliver. But, although they secure the ball from the original jump, Georgia's pack once again turn the ball over in contact.

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  29. Kick-off

    Tonga 3-10 Georgia

    Right then, Georgia fly-half Lasha Malaghuradze boots the ball long and gets us moving again. Just 40 minutes separate them from only their third-ever Rugby World Cup win.

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    It's fair to say 'Gorgodzilla' has had a stormer in that first half. The Georgian captain has led from the front...

    Mauka Gorgodze
  31. Tonga trudge off

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport at Kingsholm

    Half-time here at Kingsholm and it's Georgia who leave the field with a spring in their step. Poor execution is hampering Tonga at the vital moments, but they're still well in this game. 

  32. Half-time summary

    Tonga v Georgia
  33. Post update

    Shades of last night, with the television match official involved plenty again? Leicester Tigers fly-half Freddie Burns seems to think so...

  34. Half-time

    Tonga 3-10 Georgia

    And that will be that for the opening 40 minutes. It's been a scrappy old half, but Georgia grew in confidence as the game progressed and lead thanks to Mamuka Gorgodze's try.

    Telusa Veainu of Tonga
  35. Disallowed try - Ma'afu

    Tonga 3-10 Georgia

    Controversy at Kingsholm!

    The set-piece is superbly worked at close range and Viliami Ma'afu races over, sparking wild Tonga celebrations.

    But Nigel Owens spotted a hint of a forward pass in the middle of it all - and when I say hint, I mean hint - and the cheers are turned to boos.

  36. Tonga 3-10 Georgia

    The TMO doesn't sound totally satisfied all was fair over the microphone, but referee Nigel Owens loses patience after several looks at the monitor and decides we'll crack on with the scrum.

    Now, Tonga have won a penalty, but instead of heading for the posts go to touch...

  37. Tonga 3-10 Georgia

    It's Tonga's turn to attack now though, with Gloucester flanker Sione Kalamafoni making some precious yards on his home ground. They're into the 22 - can they find a response to Mamuka Gorgodze's earlier score?

    Not before a Georgian hand knocks on to bring it all to a halt. And we're heading back up to the television match official too, with some suspicion of foul play in the ruck...

  38. Post update

    England full-back Ben Foden, who missed the World Cup through injury...

    Georgian fan
  39. Tonga 3-10 Georgia

    The Georgians have their tails up, as their massive pack once more keep hold of the ball at the scrum, allowing 18-year-old scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze to send a box-kick forward.

  40. Tonga 3-10 Georgia

    What have Tonga got in response then? They've gathered the restart safely enough and look to break from their own half - but, once again, knock the ball on under no huge pressure. The handling errors continue to mount, that was their sixth inside the opening 32 minutes.

    Viliami Helu
  41. Post update

    Former England and Bath prop David Flatman is clearly a fan of 'Gorgodzilla'...

  42. Try - Gorgodze, con Kvirikashvili

    Tonga 3-10 Georgia

    They absolutely have gone over - and it's their captain Mamuka Gorgodze, brilliantly nicknamed 'Gorgodzilla', who managed to reach out an arm at the base of the posts and sneak the ball over the line. Fantastic from the big Toulon number eight.

    Merab Kvirikashvili sends over the easiest of conversions and Georgia lead by seven points at Kingsholm.

    Mamuka Gorgodze try
  43. Try review

    Tonga 3-3 Georgia

    And Georgia think they've gone over too! Nigel Owens is heading to the television match official...

  44. Tonga 3-3 Georgia

    After that attack fizzles out, though, Georgia are able to launch a counter-attack and poke a delicate grubber through and out into touch.

    Nabil is absolutely right to point out two differing styles - Tonga's free-running backs, Georgia's muscular pack. In fact, it's worth noting that six of Georgia's front eight play in the French Top 14. Not shabby.

    They're on the attack here, too...

  45. Tonga 3-3 Georgia

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport at Kingsholm

    An even game between contrasting styles, but we do have a cracking atmosphere and clear blue sky. Intriguing battle here at Kingsholm.

    Konstantin Mikautadze
  46. Tonga 3-3 Georgia

    That's not a moment Giorgi Tkhilaishvili will remember fondly, as the Georgia flanker spills a high kick forward straight out of play. Tonga have a platform from which to attack, and they're into the opposition 22.

  47. Penalty - Kvirikashvili

    Tonga 3-3 Georgia

    That's more like it. Merab Kvirikashvili's kick is a good one and Georgia are level at Kingsholm after the opening quarter.

  48. Tonga 3-0 Georgia

    As Tonga attempt to work through the phases, Telusa Veainu is penalised for an infringement at the ruck so Georgia are able to kick for touch. Here come the team in black - but Tonga have infringed again!

    Georgia play on for now but, when Tamaz Mchedlidze can't gather a chip out wide, Nigel Owens decides we can come back for another Merab Kvirikashvili kick at goal...

  49. Tonga 3-0 Georgia

    Tonga and Georgia line-out

    It's all been a bit start-stop, has this. Another penalty, another line-out, another Georgian knock-on when well-placed midway inside the Tongan half.

  50. Missed penalty - Kvirikashvili

    Tonga 3-0 Georgia

    It's not the best start for Georgia's record points scorer, however, as the full-back pulls his left-footed attempted just wide of the near upright. It looked within more-than-kickable range.

  51. Tonga 3-0 Georgia

    But how often do you see that? Straight from the kick-off Tonga knock-on, and then Georgia's powerful pack win a penalty in the immediate aftermath.

    Merab Kvirikashvili's turn to kick at goal...

  52. Penalty - Morath

    Tonga 3-0 Georgia

    And it's the men in red's turn to have the better of the set-piece, prompting Nigel Owens to award them a penalty.

    Kurt Morath's kick from around 30 metres out is good and Tonga are up and running.

    Kurt Morath
  53. Tonga 0-0 Georgia

    Tonga have certainly had the better of the play so far, though a forward pass into the path of captain Nili Latu leads to another scrum.

    The Pacific Islanders are certainly no mugs, it must be said, having picked up six wins from their 21 Rugby World Cup matches to date.

    Their finest World Cup moment came against France four years ago, beating the eventual runners-up 19-14.

    Tonga players
  54. Tonga 0-0 Georgia

    An early pattern developing already at Kingsholm, as Georgia look to kick for territory through Merab Kvirikashvili and fly-half Lasha Malaghuradze, while Tonga attempt to run it straight back.

    One marauding run, from Fetu'u Vainikolo, leads to a knock-on and scrum for Georgia inside their own half, from which they win a penalty.

  55. Tonga 0-0 Georgia

    Tonga win themselves an early penalty as Georgia are caught offside, and Kurt Morath belts it into touch.

    The men in red have a line-out just outside the Georgian 22, but it's stolen and full-back Merab Kvirikashvili clears his lines.

  56. Kick-off

    Tonga 0-0 Georgia

    Welsh referee Nigel Owens, officiating at his third World Cup, puffs his whistle and gets us under way.

    Tonga fly-half Kurt Morath, whose side kick from left to right as we look at it in the first half, boots deep into Georgia territory to get us started.

  57. Post update

    Tonga v Georgia (12:00 BST)

    Tonga perform the Sipi Tau

    With the two national anthems done, Tonga prepare to perform their version of the haka, called 'Sipi Tau'.

    Watching the many Pacific nations sides show off their pre-match war dances must be one of the highlights of these Rugby World Cups.

  58. Here come the teams...

    Tonga v Georgia (12:00 BST)

    The two sets of players, mascots in hand, stroll onto the Kingsholm turf.Bright sunshine greets them in Gloucester.

    Tonga are in red and white, Georgia are in their all-black strip.

    It's time for the anthems.

  59. Post update

    Tonga v Georgia (12:00 BST)

    Tonga v Georgia

    Tonga recorded 10 clean breaks and 19 offloads during their 2014 win, while Georgia failed to register a single break or offload.

    This, the first meeting between the two teams at a World Cup, is due to get under way in just a few moments.

  60. Introducing Pool C

    Tonga v Georgia (12:00 BST)

    Tonga and Georgia are joined by defending champions New Zealand, plus Argentina and Namibia, in Rugby World Cup Pool C.

    As always, the top two will progress to the quarter-finals, where they will meet the top two from Pool D.

    And it's also worth pointing out that the team who finishes third will secure automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup in Japan, which may prove to be significant for the pair involved here.

  61. Post update

    Tonga v Georgia (12:00 BST)

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport at Kingsholm

    I'm pleased to say the fog is lifting as kick off approaches and the stadium fills. These folk dancers are keeping fans entertained outside Kingsholm. 

  62. Post update

    Tonga v Georgia (12:00 BST)

    Tonga familiar faces

    Although you may not know a huge amount about Tonga or Georgia, there will be a few familiar faces on show at Kingsholm.

    Gloucester flanker Sione Kalamafoni will be running out at his home ground for Tonga this afternoon, while former Leicester player Steve Mafi and Exeter's Elvis Taione are also in their starting XV.

    Georgia's team may be less recognisable to English rugby fans, however, with Sale Sharks hooker Shalva Mamukashvili the only man in the matchday 23 to have plied his trade in the Premiership.

  63. Making history

    Tonga v Georgia (12:00 BST)

    Vasil Lobzhanidze

    One player I didn't mention in the team news is Georgia scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze, who is set to make Rugby World Cup history today.

    The 18-year-old will become the youngest player to have appeared in the tournament against Tonga this afternoon, beating the record currently held by Thretton Palamo.

    The American was 19 years old and eight days when he played against South Africa in 2007.

  64. Post update

    Tonga v Georgia (12:00 BST)

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport at Kingsholm

    Some of the Georgia fans have been enjoying the local ale...

    Georgia fans
  65. Line-ups

    Tonga v Georgia (12:00 BST)

    Georgia team

    Replacements: Shalva Mamukashvili, Karlen Asieshvili, Levan Chilachava, Levan Datunashvili, Shalva Sutiashvili, Giorgi Begadze, Giorgi Pruidze, Murazi Giorgadze.  

  66. Line-ups

    Tonga v Georgia (12:00 BST)

    Tonga team

    Replacements: Paula Ngauamo, Sona Taumalolo, Sila Puafisi, Hale T Pole, Jack Ram, Samisoni Fisilau, Latiume Fosita, Sione Piukala.

  67. Team news

    Tonga v Georgia (12:00 BST)

    Tonga have made six changes to the team that started against Romania in their last World Cup warm-up match.

    Winger Fetu'u Vainikolo, who keeps his place, will become Tonga's outright leading try scorer should he touch down against Georgia.

    Georgia  head coach Milton Haig has made two changes to the side beaten by Japan on this ground a couple of weeks ago, with Giorgi Tkhilaishvili coming in at flanker and Tamaz Mchedlidze on the wing.

    Full-back Merab Kvirikashvili will become the first Georgian to play at four World Cups, as well as his country's most-capped player on 86, at Kingsholm this afternoon.

  68. Post update

    Tonga v Georgia (12:00 BST)

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport at Kingsholm

    We've got folk dancing, banjo bands and gents in tweed outside Kingsholm Stadium as locals and fans from both nations mill about. It's a great occasion. 

    Banjo band
  69. Get Involved via #bbcrugby

    So what did you make of last night's opening ceremony and match? What are your hopes for the tournament? And which country, other than the one you're supporting, are you most looking forward to watching?

    Let us know all of that and more by using #bbcrugby on Twitter.

  70. Post update

    Oh no, you've just realised you've already promised the other half you'll spend the afternoon shopping, haven't you?

    Well fear not, because there's an app for that!

    With the BBC Sport app you can now have rugby union alerts sent straight to your phone, ensuring you'll always have the information that matters right at your fingertips.Click hereto find out how to get it all set up.

    Handily, here are some of the Tonga players demonstrating how they'll be following the day's World Cup action once their match against Georgia is over...

    Tonga players
  71. Post update

    Rugby World Cup day 2

    We have four matches to bring you throughout today as the Rugby World Cup gets into full swing.

    We begin at Kingsholm, where Tonga and Georgia do battle in Pool C, before popping across the Severn Bridge to the Millennium Stadium to cast our eye over Ireland against Canada in the Welsh capital.

    We then turn our attentions towards Brighton's Amex Stadium, which plays host to South Africa v Japan in Pool B, before finally concluding the day's play back at Rugby HQ, where France play Italy at 20:00 BST.

    And the best part? You can follow all of it right here on the BBC Sport website.

  72. Post update

    Opening night split pic

    A ginormous rugby ball bursting through the earth, royal speeches, emotional anthems, a roaring start, a nerve-inducing comeback from the underdog but ultimately victory for the hosts.

    The opening night of the 2015 Rugby World Cup ticked just about every box that needed ticking.