Sat 23 Jul 2022 | 12:13

Tonga join Boks in World Cup pool B

Tonga join Boks in World Cup pool B
Sat 23 Jul 2022 | 12:13
Tonga join Boks in World Cup pool B
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Tonga have advanced to next year’s Rugby World Cup in France after a 44-22 win over Hong Kong in the final of an Asia Pacific qualifying tournament.

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Tonga led 20-8 at halftime after Sonatane Takulua scored two tries and added a third in the second half at the Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Tonga will play in Pool B in France with defending champions South Africa, No. 1-ranked Ireland, Scotland and Romania.

Hong Kong can still qualify for France via a second-chance tournament in Dubai in November.

A four-team tournament also involving the United States, Kenya and Portugal will determine the 20th team, with the winner joining Pool C with Australia, Wales, Georgia and Fiji.

QUALIFIED TEAMS FOR THE 2023 RUGBY WORLD CUP

Pool A: New Zealand, France, Italy, Uruguay, Namibia

Pool B: South Africa, Ireland, Scotland, Romania, Tonga

Pool C: Wales, Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Repechage winner

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Pool D: England, Japan, Argentina, Samoa, Chile

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