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U.S. rugby roughed up by Cup qualifying Canada

8/12/2006 - Rugby

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland -- The U.S. rugby team was routed
by Canada 56-7 on Saturday, giving the Canadians a spot in next
year's World Cup and sending the Americans to a regional qualifying
playoff.

James Pritchard had 36 points and broke the national team record
of 29 he set in Canada's previous qualifier against Barbados in
June.

Canada has played in all five previous World Cups. At the
tournament in France, it will be joined in Pool B with Australia,
Fiji, Wales and an undetermined Asian team.

The United States faces an Americas regional playoff against
Uruguay, with home-and-away games in September and October for a
berth in Pool A. The loser of that two-leg series will still have a
chance to qualify in a competition against a European or African
team.