Rugby World Cup 2019 hosts Japan will head into their home tournament as World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup champions.
The Brave Blossoms claimed their third Pacific Nations Cup title on Saturday, thanks to an impressive 34-20 bonus-point win over the USA at ANZ Stadium in Suva.
Both teams went into the final round unbeaten with the Eagles dreaming of a first-ever Pacific Nations Cup crown, but Japan took an early lead after four minutes and refused to relinquish it, continuing their encouraging form with a third successive win in this year’s tournament.
In the second game of the day hosts Fiji leapfrogged the Eagles as they held on to beat Samoa 10-3.
Samoa dominated territory and possession in Suva but were unable to breach the goal line, and were ultimately defeated by a record-breaking Vereniki Goneva try. The try - Goneva’s 21st for his country - saw him become Fiji’s highest-ever try-scorer as he touched down shortly after halftime.
On Friday, Tonga ended their Pacific Nations Cup campaign on a high as they secured a 33-23 victory over Canada at Churchill Park in Fiji.