Tonga captain Finau Maka says a sore Achilles will not stop him from playing against New Zealand in the opening match of the World Cup on Friday.
His brother and coach, Isitolo Maka, revealed Finau, who has hardly trained for the last two days as a precaution, was the team's only injury concern when he announced his team on Wednesday.
Isitolo says "he's certain to play but we'll finalize the team tomorrow."
However, Finau, sitting alongside him, added, "he's thinking like that but I'm playing."
Finau says he will see how his Achilles feels during the captain's run on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Tonga has made four changes and two positional switches to the team which beat Fiji 32-20 in Lautoka in its last warmup match.