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Fiji Qualifies for 2027 Rugby World Cup

Fiji needs one point against Portugal to confirm second place on the head-to-head rule having already beaten Australia. 
04 Oct 2023 15:36
Fiji Qualifies for 2027 Rugby World Cup
Flying Fijians full back Ioane Droasese (from left) and captain Waisea Nayacalevu celebrate Vinaya Habosi’s try against Georgia during their Pool C match at the Rugby World Cup on October 2, 2023. Fiji won 17-12. Photo: World Rugby

Georgia and Portugal do not qualify for the quarter-finals and cannot gain automatic qualification for Rugby World Cup 2027 as they are on three and two points respectively with one game to play according to the World Rugby yesterday.

“This mean Wales, Australia and Fiji have qualified for RWC 2027,” WR stated.

“Wales have already reached the quarter-finals and the other place will be secured by either Australia or Fiji.”

Wales need one point against Georgia to guarantee top spot in Pool C.

Fiji needs one point against Portugal to confirm second place on the head-to-head rule having already beaten Australia.

If Fiji gets nothing from the match, Australia will qualify for the quarter-finals as runners-up.

There are also teams who can secure automatic qualification for Rugby World Cup 2027 by finishing no lower than third in their pool.


Teams that have been ruled out of the 2027 RWC include Namibia, Tonga, Romania, Georgia, Portugal and Chile. The others may be Italy and either Argentina, Japan or Samoa from Pool D.

In Pool A, a bonus-point win for NZ will secure qualification for the quarter-finals.

Even if France, Italy and NZ and all finish on 15 points, the All Blacks have the better points difference (+133 to France’s +125 and Italy -14). Italy would then qualify in second ahead of France on the head-to-head rule.

Uruguay must beat NZ with a try-bonus point, and by at least 80 points, and will need France to defeat Italy in order to qualify for the quarter-finals. This is to prevent the All Blacks from taking any bonus point and hope Italy get something out of their game with France to finish third on the head-to-head rule with New Zealand to secure qualification for RWC 2027.

A point will confirm Italy’s qualification for RWC 2027.


For Pool D, a draw could be enough to secure second place for Japan or Argentina, depending on whether one or both secure a try-bonus point and Samoa’s result against England.

If both get try-scoring bonus points in a draw, Argentina will finish second on points difference (+46 to +18).

If the match ends in a draw, Japan must be the only team to get a try-scoring bonus point to finish second.

If neither get a bonus point in the draw, Samoa must beat England by 29 points and get a try-bonus point to have the best points difference of the three teams to finish second (+47). Argentina would then finish third on points difference from Japan to qualify for RWC 2027. Fiji Rugby Union



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