Samoa and Fiji through to RWC 2007

(IRB.COM) Friday 21 October 2005
Samoa and Fiji through to RWC 2007

Samoa defeated Tonga 30-19 away on Friday 22 July to confirm their place in Rugby World Cup 2007. The result means that the Samoans and Fiji will both go to France, whilst Tonga will go into Oceania Round 4 qualifying.

The top two meet next weekend to decide who goes into which RWC 2007 pool. Fiji need to beat Samoa by more than 36 points to gain top spot in the group, and a place in Pool A alongside England and South Africa. The second-placed team will go into Pool B with Australia and Wales.

Tonga's opponents in Oceania Round 4 qualifying will be the winner of the Round 1 competition between Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Niue Islands and Tahiti.

Round 1 is split into two groups - Niue, Tahiti and Cook Islands; and Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

The winner of each group will play each other to determine who faces Tonga.

Niue got off to the best possible start, defeating Tahiti 55-8 at the Paliati Grounds, Alofi Niue, on Friday 22 July. 12-3 up at half time, Niue dealt with the strength of Tahiti's forwards and put together some fine back moves to score six further tries and 42 points in the second half.

Africa qualifying

Cote d'Ivoire's 33-3 win over Zimbabwe sees them progress to Africa Round 2 qualifying as the top team in Round 1b Pool A. Zimbabwe will play a home-and-away play-off against Uganda, who finished runners up in Pool B, behind Kenya.

Kenya, Cote d'Ivoire and the winners of the play-off will join Namibia, Tunisia and Morocco in Round 2.