HK look to seal game against Cook Islands

Saturday June 02, 2018 Written by Published in Rugby Union

Hong Kong’s national rugby team is playing Korea this week in what will be the final game of the 2019 Asia Rugby Championship.

The ‘Dragons’, as they are known, now control their own destiny after a big win over Malaysia edged them closer to the title.

Unless a minor miracle takes place, Hong Kong will go on to play in the Asia/Oceania play-off against the Cook Islands.

The winner of that two-game series will book themselves a place in the repechage qualifiers for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, being held in Japan.

The new model for the repechage qualifiers will see a tournament take place. It will be played in France and is set to feature four countries.

The repechage will be a round-robin tournament between four teams and will be held during the November test window. Specific dates and locations are yet to be confirmed.

The Cook Islands qualified for the Asia/Oceania play-off after Tahiti fielded two ineligible players in a match last year.

The Cook Islands are set to play the Asia Rugby champions, likely Hong Kong, in a test here in Rarotonga on June 30 at the National Stadium. The match is being highly anticipated and will feature a number of high-calibre players.

Former national player Stan Wright was named head coach of the team in April. The Cook Islands squad is set to be named today.

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