Britain’s World Cup crusade got off to a spluttering however winning beginning as they battled their way past unfancied Tonga.

Two first-half attempts from the buccaneering Manu Tuilagi and a second-half thunder from Jamie George off a driving hammer opened a hole, Owen Farrell landing three punishments and two changes.

Substitution hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie got the reward point fourth give late a shot yet the normal torrential slide of focuses never appeared.

Tonga had dispatched 14 attempts to New Zealand not long ago and had won just one of their last seven coming into this competition.

Be that as it may, they caused England issues at the breakdown, and mentor Eddie Jones will need significantly more from his side as they hope to win the Webb-Ellis trophy for just the second time in their history.

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