Scotland reached the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals by beating Samoa 36-33 in a thrilling Pool B game on Saturday, denying Japan a last-gasp shot at advancing to the knockout stage for the first time.
With a mighty defensive effort while down two men, Australia edged Wales 15-6 in a dramatic, tryless Pool A decider on Saturday to avoid a Rugby World Cup quarterfinal showdown with South Africa.
England thrashed Uruguay 60-3 in its last Rugby World Cup pool match on Saturday, ending an otherwise miserable campaign that raised questions about its ability to compete at the highest level.
The All Blacks remain short of their champion best and were rattled by the Tongan forwards before some Nehe Milner-Skudder magic set up a 47-9 victory on Friday.
Bryan Habana had never played rugby before the 1995 World Cup, a tournament he remembers vividly for the way blockbusting All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu carved up England's defense and for the way Nelson Mandela presented the winning trophy to the Springboks.
Georgia had a first-ever automatic slot in the 2019 Rugby World Cup within its grasp after holding on to beat Namibia 17-16 on Wednesday.
Fiji bowed out of the Rugby World Cup by overpowering a feisty Uruguay 47-15 in an action-packed Rugby World Cup match on Tuesday.
Let the post-mortems begin. Every Rugby World Cup host had reached at least the quarterfinals until England failed on Saturday when it lost to Australia 33-13 at Twickenham.
England, led by captain Chris Robshaw, entered an early day of World Cup reckoning on Saturday needing to beat Australia to avoid becoming the first hosts to fail to reach the knockout rounds.
France closed in on a Rugby World Cup quarterfinals spot after scoring five tries in a 41-18 win against Canada in their Pool D match on Thursday.