Japan beats Hong Kong to book place in rugby WCup

Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Yoshikazu Fujita scored three tries as Japan beat Hong Kong 49-8 Sunday to qualify for next year's Rugby World Cup.

Fujita scored two of his three tries in the first half at the National Stadium when Japan took a commanding 27-3 lead.

Fujita ran in his third try in the second half to widen the advantage to 37-8.

As the top team in Asia, Japan will compete in Pool B against South Africa, Samoa, Scotland and the United States at next year's World Cup in England.

Hong Kong, meanwhile, enters the repechage qualifying stage. It plays Uruguay on Aug. 2, with the winner taking on either Russia or the runner-up of the African qualifying tournament for a place in Pool A.

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