Tonga qualify for 2019 World Cup after Fiji beat Samoa

Doug Mendoza
July 16, 2017

"We have to dig deep to make sure we qualify for the World Cup".

With the combined results of the 2016 and 2017 cups doubling as World Cup qualifiers, Samoa needed to at least draw with the unbeaten Fijians to overhaul Tonga and reach the tournament in Japan. That final team has now been confirmed to be Tonga following Samoa's failure to get a losing bonus point in their clash with Fiji.

Fiji qualified last weekend after beating Tonga 14-10, and slotted into Pool D at the World Cup with Australia, Wales, Georgia, and an Americas qualifier, either Canada or Uruguay.

That leaves Tonga as the second Oceania qualifier and they will join England, France, Argentina and the United States in Pool C in the tournament in Japan.

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Tonga have secured their qualification for the 2019 World Cup where they will compete in England's group.

Fiji 38 (Henry Seniloli 3, Jale Vatubua, Api Ratuniyawara tries; Ben Volavola 5 conversions, penalty), Samoa 16 (David Lemi try; Tusi Pisi conversion, 3 penalties), HT: 14-16.

Seniloli scored two tries in the first half and was the first to cross over for Fiji again in the second half.

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