Mate Ma'a Tonga is making a big move for Saturday's matchup against the Kiwis, with nine uncapped players to be fielded. Most of the team have played no more than one game for Tonga, with big names such as Andrew Fifita and Tevita Pangai Jnr watching from the side-line while Joe Ofahengaue sits in reserve.
The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano that devastated Tonga after a massive eruption on 15 January is unlikely to erupt again, say scientists from New Zealand's National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa).
Mental health is a concern in Tonga, as the country's struggle to recover from the January volcanic eruption has been made even more difficult by the current Covid-19 restrictions. New Zealand's Pacific Medical Association says that people are starting to show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.