Tonga to play 2 matches in Europe in WCup buildup

Tonga will play Italy A and the French Barbarians on a whirlwind rugby tour to Europe next month.
The Tongan Rugby Union says the match against Italy A will be played on Nov. 19, before Tonga takes on the French Barbarians on Nov. 26. Venues have yet to be announced.
The tour has been arranged under an International Rugby Board program to help Tier 2 rugby nations prepare for next year's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. The 16th-ranked Tonga will play No. 1 New Zealand in the opening World Cup match at Auckland on Sept. 9.