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Watch: Wales to play Portugal for only the second time as they unexpectedly qualify for World Cup

18 Nov 2022 2 minute read
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Wales will play Portugal for only the second time after they unexpectedly qualified for the World Cup in France next year.

The Portuguese became the last team to qualify for Group C – and the World Cup as a whole – with the last kick of the match to defeat the USA on aggregate in Dubai.

It’s the first time Portugal have qualified since the last time the World Cup was held in France, in 2007.

It’s a blow for 2031 hosts, the USA, who miss the Rugby World Cup for the first time in its history.

USA, Portugal, Hong Kong and Kenya met in a four-team tournament which concluded today with Portugal taking the win.

The USA, who had competed at eight of the previous nine World Cups, had been the favourites to snag the last qualification place.

“For the rugby community this is amazing, we’ve been missing (from the World Cup) for quite some time and we need a new generation to inspire the kids,” Portugal captain Tomas Appleton said in his post-match interview.

The last time Portugal and Wales met, in Lisbon in 1994, Wales ran out 102-11 winners.

It was Wales’ second biggest-ever win, their largest being a 98 – 0 thrashing of Japan in 2004.

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Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
1 year ago

Wow I hope Wales can scrape past Portugal somehow, following their defeat to mighty Georgia

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