SEKOPE KEPU started for Australia as they got their campaign on track following their opening round loss to South Africa with a 16-10 victory against Argentina in Brisbane.
Kepu was one of six London Irish players wearing their national team colours in the Pacific Nations Cup and Rugby Championship recently.
Motu Matu’u captained Samoa to a hard fought 27-15 victory against Tonga at Apia Park in treacherous conditions. TJ Ioane started the match for the hosts in the Samoan capital as they got their campaign off to the perfect start.
It wasn’t the opening round result that Fiji were after as they were beaten by Rugby World Cup hosts Japan at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium. Both Albert Tuisue and Alivereti Veitokani started for the Flying Fijians in the 34-21 defeat.
In the final Pacific Nations Cup contest, the USA continued their recent dominance against their near neighbours Canada with a comfortable 47-19 victory in Glendale to go top of the Pacific Nations table. Bryce Campbell started in the centre for the US as he continues his pursuit of a Rugby World Cup squad berth.