Canada will face reigning champions New Zealand and South Africa at next year’s Rugby World Cup after beating Hong Kong to secure the final place at the event.

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Hong Kong, seeking to compete in their maiden World Cup, needed to not only triumph against Canada in the final match of the repechage event on Friday, but also secure a bonus point and prevent their opponents from getting one.

That never looked likely as Canada triumphed 27-10 at Marseille’s Stade Delort, sealing a place alongside the All Blacks, Springboks, Italy and Namibia in Pool B.

DTH van der Merwe, the Canucks’ all-time record try-scorer, claimed two of his side’s three five-pointers.

The Canucks have yet to miss a Rugby World Cup, featuring in all eight previous editions of the event.

They will begin their 2019 campaign against Italy in Fukuoka on September 26.

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