11 Jul 2017

Sport: Fiji seal qualification for 2019 Rugby World Cup

From , 5:00 am on 11 July 2017

Fiji became the first Pacific Island country to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after beating Tonga 14-10 in Nuku'alofa at the weekend, with one direct passage to Japan still up for grabs.

The visitors trailed 10-3 with less than half an hour remaining at a sold-out Teufaiva Stadium before Leone Nakarawa dotted down and Ben Volavola slotted two penalty goals to secure a hard fought win.

Flying Fijians coach John McKee told Vinnie Wylie that securing the top qualifying berth was their key focus this year.

Tonga and Fiji square off in Nuku'alofa.

Tonga and Fiji square off in Nuku'alofa. Photo: Oceania Rugby