Canada qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
The North Americans secured the final place at next year’s competition after beating Hong Kong 27-10.
Canada booked their ticket to the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a 27-10 win over Hong Kong in Marseille on Friday, claiming the 20th and final berth at the tournament in Japan.
This means that the Canucks have now reached their ninth consecutive World Cup, and are one of the countries that have reached every single edition of the competition.
In Friday's match, Glasgow Warriors winger DTH van der Merwe scored two tries for the North Americans while veteran hooker Ray Barkwill also crossed.
Canada "over the moon", says skipper Mack
"We're over the moon, coming into the tournament we knew it was going to be tough, but with all the support from home and the work that has been put into this, it's awesome," Canada captain Phil Mack said at the post-match presentation.
"We came here with a goal in mind, but now the hard work really starts. We are going to enjoy this moment and then hit the afterburners and build to the World Cup."
Canada finished the qualification with tournament with three wins and 14 points, ahead of Germany (nine points), Hong Kong (five) and Kenya (zero).
Canadians in group with Kiwis and Springboks
The Canucks will go into pool B of the World Cup alongside New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia.
WE'LL SEE YOU AT #RWC2019!— Rugby Canada (@RugbyCanada) 23 November 2018
Canada's Men's Rugby Team has officially qualified for the 2019 @rugbyworldcup in Japan next year after sweeping the repechage with wins over Kenya, Germany & Hong Kong in Marseille, France! @WorldRugby @TSN_Sports #RugbyCA #RC15s 🍁🏉 pic.twitter.com/qO2AyiOkUw
2019 World Cup pools
Pool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa
Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia, Canada
Pool C: England, France, Argentina, United States, Tonga
Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Uruguay
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