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Sunday 17 December, 2017
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Tonga Qualifies For Rugby World Cup 2019
Jul.14.2017

Tonga Qualifies For Rugby World Cup 2019

Tonga have qualified for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan after finishing second to Fiji in the combined 2016-17 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup standings.

With Samoa failing to secure a bonus point in a 16-38 defeat to Fiji in the final match in Apia on Saturday, Tonga qualify for rugby’s showcase event as Oceania two and complete the Pool C line-up, joining England, France, Argentina and USA.

Samoa now face the prospect of a play-off against the winner of Czech Republic or Portugal versus the second-place team in the 2016-17 Rugby Europe Championship (excluding Georgia, who have already qualified) for a place in Pool A at Japan 2019.

Fiji, who last week booked their place at Rugby World Cup 2019, produced a fine performance to comfortably win a highly-entertaining match in Apia despite training 16-14 at the interval.

Henry Seniloli’s hat-trick, combined with tries from Jale Vatatuba and Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, secured a win that ensured that Fiji retained the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup, a title they have held since 2015.

David Lemi, making his 50th test appearance for Samoa, was the home side’s only try scorer with a scintillating first-half finish.

Full reaction to follow on www.rugbyworldcup.com and @rugbyworldcup Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Source: www.rugbyworldcup.com


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