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Sunday 17 December, 2017
Tahiti Keep RWC 2019 Dream Alive

Tahiti Keep RWC 2019 Dream Alive

Tahiti defied a 43-place rankings gap and recorded their first-ever win against the Cook Islands to lift the Oceania Rugby Cup 2017 and keep their Rugby World Cup 2019 dreams alive.

The 13-9 victory in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, means Tahiti will now face the Asia Rugby Championship 2018 champion in a home and away play-off with the winner progressing to the four-team global repechage tournament that will determine the 20th and final qualifier for Japan 2019.
In World Rugby rankings terms, it was a massive upset with Tahiti sitting 43 places behind their hosts heading into the match. The victory will lift Tahiti three places to 88th – above the Bahamas, Cameroon and Swaziland – when the rankings update at 12 noon UK time on Monday. The Cook Islands will drop eight places to 56th.  


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