Tonga and Samoa stand in Australia’s rugby sevens qualifying path

Two’s the magic number for Australia’s men’s rugby sevens team as they attempt to nail down an Olympic berth in Fiji this weekend.

Australia can secure passage to Tokyo 2020 at the Oceania Sevens by winning their section of the tournament, where Tonga and Samoa shape as their two biggest hurdles.

Australia face a likely playoff against Samoa for a spot in the Olympics.Credit:Rugby Australia/Karen Watson.

A strong Australian squad will play Vanuatu and Nauru on Thursday before games against American Samoa and Tonga on Friday and if they both top their pool, a likely Olympic play-off against Samoa on Saturday.

The already-qualified New Zealand and Fiji will also play in Suva, but not against Australia until the Olympic quota spot has been decided.


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