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Rugby: Canada beat Hong Kong to earn final spot for World Cup in Japan

The Canada team celebrate beating Hong Kong on November 23, 2018 in Marseille, France to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. (World Rugby/Getty/Kyodo)

MARSEILLE, France (Kyodo) -- Canada completed the lineup for next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan by securing the 20th and final spot with a win over Hong Kong in the repechage tournament on Friday.

The Canadians upheld their record of qualifying for every Rugby World Cup as they booked their ninth appearance by beating Hong Kong 27-10 in a winner-takes-all final match of the four-team competition in Marseille. Canada had defeated Germany and Kenya earlier in the tournament.

Canada will face defending champions New Zealand, two-time winners South Africa, Italy and Namibia in Pool B.

The World Cup, which kicks off on Sept. 20, will consist of 20 teams competing in four pools of five teams. The winners and runners-up of each pool will advance to the quarterfinals, with the final set for Nov. 2 at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.

Hosts Japan will open the quadrennial tournament with a pool A match against Russia.

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