Canada rallied from a 14-10 halftime deficit to defeat the U.S. Eagles 34-21 on Saturday and take a healthy lead after the first leg of their Rugby World Cup qualifying series.
While moving one step closer to Rugby World Cup qualification is the ultimate goal, Canada can climb the world rankings if it avoids defeat in the first leg of its World Cup qualifying series against the U.S. Eagles on Saturday in St, John's, N.L.
Despite having played just two matches since the 2019 Rugby World Cup, 22nd-ranked Canada opens qualifying for the 2023 tournament on Saturday against the 16th-ranked U.S. Eagles.
It looks like Canada may face a different qualification path for future Rugby World Cups. Canada coach Kingsley Jones says World Rugby is looking at using the Americas Rugby Championship as the qualifier for the region.
South Africa won the Rugby World Cup for a record-tying third time on Saturday, using its power at the set piece to seize control before scoring two clinical late tries through its wingers in a 32-12 victory over England.
The strains of English rugby anthem “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” were already triumphantly swirling around Oita Stadium when Anthony Watson intercepted a long pass out wide and bounded over for England’s fourth try that clinched a record-tying win over Australia. A 40-16 victory. A place in the Rugby World Cup semifinals. An unprecedented seven straight wins over its bitter rival.
DTH van der Merwe, Canada's all-time leading try-scorer, is retiring from international rugby in the wake of his fourth World Cup.