Tonga secures final spot in Pool C for 2019 Rugby World Cup

McKee On 2019 World Cup

For the Flying Fijians World Cup qualification is already safely in the bag, but their work is not done yet, they're determined not to let go of the Pacific Nations Cup, and that means they'll show Samoa no mercy.

Samoa can still reach the World Cup through the repechage qualification series.

As the Oceania 1 qualifier, Fiji will be in Pool D against Australia, Wales, Georgia and the Americas 2 qualifier, while Tonga will have to take their chance against England, France, Argentina and the United States in Pool C - the "pool of death".

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

The winners of that playoff will compete in Pool A along with host Japan, Ireland, Scotland and the winners of the European qualifiers.

Samoa led 16-14 at halftime.

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

If Samoa fail to take that route - by beating the victor of Czech Republic or Portugal versus the second-place team in the 2018 Rugby Europe Championship (excluding Georgia, who have already qualified) - they will be pitched into the global repechage tournament. Seniloli was rewarded in all three tries for his outstanding supporting play, staying on the shoulder of full-back Timoci Nagusa to score his first. Volavola kicked six goals from six attempts, converting all of Fiji's tries and a penalty from 55 metres. "I'd like to congratulate Fiji for their win in the PNC", Lemi said.

"Of course we have also qualified for RWC 2019 and we will focus on that now".

Seniloli scored his second when winger Vereniki Goneva made a break down the right flank. It's why we play rugby. The victor will face the Asia Rugby Championship 2018 victor for a place in repechage tournament.

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