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The United States and Portugal got off to a strong start in the qualifying tournament for the Rugby World Cup.

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The United States, who dominated Kenya (68-14) and Portugal, who dominated Hong Kong (42-14), got off to a good start to the final qualifying tournament for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Dubai this Sunday.

The competition consists of three days, with four nations facing each other. The leaders will join Australia, Wales and Fiji in Group C of the World Cup.

The United States, who have participated in every World Cup except the 1995 edition in South Africa, lived up to their position as the favorites in this qualifying tournament.

The Americans made ten attempts, three from hooker Dylan Fawcett and three from the other wing Christian Dior.

The United States lost a play-off match against Chile this summer, thus securing the first qualification in its history for the Rugby World Cup.

In the second match, the Portuguese, who have played only one World Cup in France in 2007, showed a good attacking game against some brave and resilient Hong Kongers.

According to Man of the Match Rafael Storti, Portugal’s defense line is “strong, it has improved a lot since we met three years ago. But our strikers are also good. They give the necessary structure so that the defender can play.”

Next Saturday, America will face Hong Kong and Portugal will face Kenya.

The United States and Portugal will face off in the main match on November 18. Probably the one who emerges victorious will get a pass for the next World Cup.

– Final qualifying tournament results and schedules for the 2023 Rugby World Cup:

– Domingo:

United States-Kenya 68-14

Portugal-Hong Kong 42-14

– Saturday 12 November:

Portugal – Kenya (12:00 GMT)

United States of America – Hong Kong (14h30 GMT)

– Friday, November 18:

Hong Kong – Kenya (13h00 GMT)

United States of America – Portugal (17h30 GMT)

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AFP

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