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Aviva Premiership Rugby talent set to shine on World Cup Saturday

There are four games on Saturday in the Rugby World Cup and there will be Aviva Premiership Rugby talent on show across all of them.

The action gets underway at Kingsholm at midday where Tonga meet Georgia and the Pacific Islanders are packed full of talent that English rugby fans will recognise.

In the front row hooker Elvis Taione of the Exeter Chiefs will be joined by Halani Aulika of London Irish.

The side is skippered by flanker Nili Latu and it will give a great chance for Newcastle Falcons fans to get a look at their new acquisition before he comes north post the World Cup.

And the Shed will have one of their own to cheer louder than all others as Sione Kalamafoni will also start for Tonga at blindside flanker in the clash.

On the Georgian side of things, Sale Sharks hooker Shalva Mamukashvili will be hoping to make an impact from the bench.

The second game is at the Millennium Stadium at 2:30PM where Joe Schmidt’s Ireland side host Canada and on the bench for the Canucks is another London Irish star in the versatile Jebb Sinclair.

At 4:45PM attention turns to Brighton Community Stadium for South Africa’s opener against Japan.

The Springboks have named the most most experienced line-up in World Cup history with 880 appearances' worth of test experience, including Bath Rugby flanker Francois Louw.

And finally the late 8:00PM kick off at Twickenham sees possibly the tie of the day as Italy take on France.

The Six Nations rivals are packed full of quality and the Azzurri have plenty of Aviva Premiership rugby talent on show.

Leicester Tigers’ Leonardo Ghiraldini skippers the Italians from hooker and he is joined in the pack by Newcastle Falcons’ Josh Furno at lock while Saracens’ new signing Samuela Vunisa has the unenviable task of trying to replace injured captain and Italy talisman Sergio Parisse at No.8.

Andrea Masi will bring all of his experience to a centre pairing with Exeter Chiefs new signing Michele Campagnaro while another Falcon in Giovanbattista Venditti is on the wing.

The bench also includes Wasps’ Lorenzo Cittadini and Leicester’s Michele Rizzo in the front row. 

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