Tonga qualify for 2019 World Cup and will compete in England's group

Samoa captain David Lemi and Fiji's Akapusi Qera pose with the Webb Ellis Cup ahead of Saturday's Pacific Nations Cup decider which doubles as a World Cup qualifier

Samoa needed at least a bonus point to take the second qualifying spot, but Fiji scored five tries one to retain the Pacific Nations Cup title and finish the two-year Oceania qualifying series unbeaten.

After Samoa, it is planned to roll out the programme in Fiji, the Cook Islands and Tonga.

They led 16-14 at half time in Apia but had no answers as Fiji over-ran them in the second half.

A try by replacement lock Api Ratuniyarawa sealed the victory in the 75th minute. It is also our fourth test win in a row and I am told that is a record for Fiji. "This is a talented group and we have some younger talent emerging also". I believe this squad can improve further and our aim will be to make the quarter-finals in 2019.

"We took the decision quite quickly because financially it would have been hard to organise the Games and to organize it in two years time, so that's really hard, but we are really happy if someone bids and for sure we will help them to manage the Games". It's why we play rugby. Some say it is a silver lining as we may end up in an easier pool but to be honest that is little consolation tonight.

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 trailing 16-14 at the interval.

The third-placed team then faces a playoff against a European side, with the losing team entering the repechage tournament.

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