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Tonga Under-20’s start well at Oceania rugby meet

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NUKU’ALOFA-November 29: 5.24pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Liueli Fusimalohi-coached Tonga Under-20s rugby team started their Oceania qualifiers well yesterday when they thumped Vanuatu 81-0.

The team needs to win the event if they want to qualify for the Tier 2 Junior World Trophy in Zimbabwe next year.

But they will have to also meet Fiji at the current qualifier – after both teams failed to qualify for the World Trophy meet this year.

Fiji scored a big 63-0 win over Papua New Guinea yesterday.

The winner of the Oceania event will qualify for next year’s second tier Junior World Trophy in Zimbabwe.

Tonga and Fiji finished fourth and fifth respectively at the 2015 event but only one Oceania berth remains up for grabs because Samoa was relegated from the elite Junior World Championship.

The competition resumes on Tuesday with Tonga up against PNG and Fiji facing Vanuatu.

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