Canada to play Portugal, Belgium in rugby test matches in November

Canada to play Portugal, Belgium in rugby test matches in November
The Canadian Press

The Canadian men’s rugby team will play Portugal and Belgium during the November test window.

The tour will take the 21st-ranked Canadians to No. 19 Portugal on Nov. 6 and No. 27 Belgium on Nov. 13. Locations have yet to be announced, according to World Rugby.

Canada is currently in the midst of a World Cup qualifying series against Chile, winning the first leg 22-21 on Saturday in Langford, B.C. The second leg of the total points aggregate series is Saturday in Valparaiso, Chile.

The Canadians are coming off a 59-50 aggregate series loss to the 16th-ranked U.S. Eagles, a result that moved the Americans into a playoff with No. 17 Uruguay with the winner qualifying for France 2023 as Americas 1 alongside No. 2 New Zealand, No. 6 France, No. 14 Italy and Africa 1 in Pool A.

The U.S. defeated Uruguay 19-16 to kick off their two-legged playoff Saturday in Glendale, Colo. The second leg is Saturday at Estadio Charrua in Montevideo.

The winner of the Canada-Chile series will face the U.S.-Uruguay loser to decide Americas 2, which will qualify in Pool D alongside No. 4 England, No. 8 Argentina, No. 10 Japan and No. 13 Samoa. The loser of the Americas 2 playoff has one last chance to qualify for France 2023 via a repechage tournament.


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