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Tonga earned top spot in the group with Fiji claiming the second qualification spot to join Australia, New Zealand, England, France and Papua New Guinea in the 10-team tournament, to be held in Australia in two years' time.
Both teams were equal with Samoa on two wins in the four-team group, but Samoa ended in third and missed automatic qualification because of an inferior points difference. Samoa, though, can still win a reprieve and gain entry into the main draw in the repechage.