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    Tonga beat Hong Kong to qualify for 2023 Rugby World Cup

    KAWANA WATERS, AUSTRALIA (AP) – Tonga has 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 yesterday.

    Tonga led 20-8 at halftime. Sonatane Takulua scored two first-half tries and added a third in the second half at the 10,000-seat Sunshine Coast Stadium north of Brisbane.

    Tonga will play in Pool B in France with defending champion South Africa, number one-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 Wales, two-time champion Australia, Georgia and Fiji.

    The Tonga rugby team celebrating after their win over Hong Kong in the final of an Asia Pacific qualifying tournament. PHOTO: RUGBYWORLDCUP
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