8 Jul 2017

Fiji seal rugby World Cup spot

7:13 pm on 8 July 2017

Fiji have secured a place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup after beating Tonga 14-10 in their Pacific Nations Cup clash in Nuku'alofa.

Fijian rugby fans celebrate

Fijian rugby fans celebrate Photo: Photosport

Fiji battled back from seven points down in the second half and, as the top-ranked Oceania side, will join Australia, Wales, Georgia and either Canada or Uruguay in Pool D in Japan.

The game was locked 3-3 at halftime before Tongan prop Siegfried Fisiihoi scored an early second half try to give the home side a 10-3 advantage.

However, Leone Nakarawa crossed for the visitors with Ben Volavola converting and slotting two further penalties to give Fiji the four points to qualify with a game to spare.

Qualification was decided over results from the Pacific Nations Cup from 2016 and 2017.

Fiji travel to Samoa next week for the final game of the tournament where the second Oceania spot will be decided.