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Canada went 3-0 in the initial World Rugby repechage tournament to determine the 20th and final qualifier for the Japan 2019 Rugby World. Cup. The Canadians defeated Kenya, Germany, and Hong Kong in Marseille, France.
The win advanced Canada into their ninth RWC, meaning the country has played in all past eight events along with the major rugby-playing nations.
Canada won 27-10 against Hong Kong, which had an outside chance to qualify under a series of events that never materialized. The Dragons and the Germans finished 1-2, while Kenya failed to post a win in the three-match series. Canada rose to 20th and Hong Kong dropped to 24th after the result.
The Canadians were led by try scorer DTH Van der Merwe, who will be competing in his fourth RWC, which starts September 20th and will continue until November 2, 2019.
A – Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa
B – New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia, Canada
C – England, France, Argentina, USA, Tonga
D - Australia, Wales, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay
Romania, ranked 18th, and Spain, ranked 21st will have to wait to RWC 2023 France to qualify.