U.S. rugby roughed up by Cup qualifying Canada
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.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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