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France’s scrum-half Antoine Dupont watches the scrum during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between France and Tonga at the Kumamoto Stadium in Kumamoto. Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP

RWC results and highlights: France 23-21 Tonga – as it happened

France qualified for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals on Sunday with a nail-biting 23-21 win against Tonga that sets up a winner-takes-all clash with England to top Pool C.

france rugby world cup results and highlights

France’s scrum-half Antoine Dupont watches the scrum during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between France and Tonga at the Kumamoto Stadium in Kumamoto. Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP

France qualified for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals on Sunday with a nailbiting 23-21 win against Tonga that sets up a winner-takes-all clash with England to top Pool C.

First-half tries by Virimi Vakatawa and man-of-the-match Alivereti Raka were enough to secure the win for Les Bleus against a spirited Tongan side that competed throughout a tense encounter at the Kumamoto Stadium.

Tonga topped the try-scoring count three-two against a French side that again produced a stop-start performance as they did in their first two games against Argentina and USA.

It was three penalties by Romain Ntamack that got France through to a quarter-final likely against either Wales or Australia from Pool D — although Fiji still have a mathematical chance of a last-eight spot.

The famous French flair was on display for the first six minutes as they raced to a 10-0 lead, roared on by a loud chorus of “allez Les Bleus” from the crowd.

It was to prove an important buffer as Tonga fought back to trail by only three points at 17-14 early in the second half with the heavier Pacific island pack

Rugby World Cup 2019 highlights and recap: France vs Tonga

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Additional reporting by AFP/World Rugby.