Canada beat Hong Kong to qualify for 2019 Rugby World Cup

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Canada defeated Hong Kong 27-10 in Marseille to claim the 20th and final place at the Rugby World Cup in Japan next September.

Glasgow’s DTH Van der Merwe scored two tries with Canada’s other touchdown coming from Ray Barkwill.

Gordon McRorie converted all three tries and added two penalties.

Hong Kong’s try was scored by Conor Hartley with Matthew Rosslee kicking the conversion and a penalty.

The victory places Canada in Pool B with matches against New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia.

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Wallabies will be desperate to claim England's scalp, says Eddie Jones

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Eddie Jones insists the prize of recalling a precious victory over England when relaxing on the beach will inspire Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

The Wallabies limp into the final Quilter International reeling from the loss of breakdown master David Pocock to a neck injury and deflated by a run of 10 defeats from their last 14 matches.

Jones, however, believes they have the capacity to summon a season-rescuing performance driven on by a rivalry dating back to 1909 and the knowledge a torrid season is 80 minutes from completion.

“They can go on to the beach and be kings of the southern hemisphere. That’s how it is,” said Jones, who coached Australia from 2001 to 2005.

“This is going to be their best performance of the year, the game they traditionally want to win against the old foe, the Mother Country.

“It’s at Twickenham, it’s their last game of the year, and Will Genia is winning his 100th cap, so they’ll be up for it. All previous form goes out the window and it will be what happens on Saturday.

“They’ll be up for it because it’s England. Australia-England is an old consistent rivalry for Australia and they like nothing better than to beat England at Twickenham.

“Traditional rivalries still exist because I think they still mean something.

“History dictates a lot of what we do. History dictates that Australia-England is a pretty special rugby match. They’ll see this as a chance to put everything right.”

Victory over Michael Cheika’s struggling tourists would complete a successful autumn after South Africa and Japan were dispatched and a precious All Blacks scalp was denied only by a controversial refereeing decision.

Jones has enjoyed complete mastery of the fixture since replacing Stuart Lancaster at the end of 2015, winning all five meetings including a 3-0 series whitewash Down Under in 2016, and knows where Australia can be targeted.

“Bully is not a good word these days. You know what happens when you bully people. If I say bully I’ll get called up before Human Resources,” Jones said.

“We’d certainly like to dominate them. The English set-piece is an important psychological area of the game and we get confidence from dominating that area. And we take confidence away from Australia.”

Jamie George will be a key component of the set-piece assault after ousting Dylan Hartley at hooker for the first time against tier one opposition, the squad’s co-captain forced to settle for a supporting role from the bench.

Owen Farrell leads the team from fly-half in Hartley’s absence and it is hoped that Manu Tuilagi will make his first England appearance for two years after putting a sickening run of injuries behind him.

“Manu’s a game-breaker. He can make something happen out of nothing. When you play against him, it’s normally not very nice!” said Farrell of the rampaging Leicester centre.

“I’m chuffed for him that he’s put himself in a position to play international rugby again. I’m looking forward to seeing him out there.”

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Jamie George has golden chance to press claims for England starting role against Wallabies

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Jamie George understands the prize at stake after being elevated to the status of first choice hooker for England’s Cook Cup clash with Australia.

For the first time since Eddie Jones took charge three years ago, George starts against tier one opposition instead of Dylan Hartley, who must settle for a place on the bench at Twickenham on Saturday despite being the team’s co-captain.

Jones insists it is a tactical selection but George knows that with the World Cup nine months away, the hierarchy in his position may have been turned on its head having served as Hartley’s understudy since making his debut in 2015.

“I’m very aware that it’s a big opportunity for me, but it doesn’t make me nervous, I don’t get anxious about it,” the Saracens front row said.

“I was buzzing when I heard. Really happy. Despite some line-out discrepancies against New Zealand, I actually feel like I’m playing well.

“I’m buzzing to get out there on Saturday, I can’t wait. Of course it’s a great opportunity so hopefully I’ll take it.”

Hartley started the opening two Quilter Internationals against South Africa and New Zealand before dropping to the bench for the visit of Japan.

On Saturday he will become England’s most capped player at Twickenham, surpassing the mark of 55 appearances made by Jason Leonard, but must do so as part of the second half cavalry.

“Dylan was one of the first to congratulate me. We work really well together, regardless of all the competition,” George said.

“We want each other to do well because ultimately that’s going to benefit the team so we’re always trying to put the team first no matter what. I’ve got an opportunity this week and Dylan has been brilliant.

“I always want to start the game – naturally, you always do. But that is often taken out of my hands. I don’t pick the team – if I did then I’d have 100 caps.

“The way I play the game, I like to get my hands on the ball and make physical collisions in defence.

“I like to be accurate at the set piece and for me that’s where my head’s at. My preparation won’t change due to the fact I’m starting in this team.”

Jones insists he has made the call based on how he believes the climax to the autumn at Twickenham will unfold.

“It’s just how we think the game will go. We think the first half of the game there will be a lot of ball in play, a lot of movement. That suits Jamie,” Jones said.

“The end of the game we think will be more set-piece, more of an arm wrestle and that suits Dylan. It has nothing to do with last week’s game.

“As far as we are concerned we name a squad of 23. The only reason we have to put one and 16 is because of World Rugby, otherwise I wouldn’t have it.

“I’d just have a squad of 23. We’d name 15 to run on and eight to finish. That’s the way the game’s going to be.”

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