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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

World Cup: The last qualifier

Details about the last qualification tournament for the World Cup have finally been announced. The Asian qualifier will be a four team knock-out tournament, played in conjunction with the Singapore Sevens tournament (which is played between the 6th and 8th November, so presumably we can expect the semi-finals on around the 5th or 6th and final on the 8th or 9th). Only the winner will take part in the World Cup. The draw for the semi-finals sees hosts Singapore take on Japan, and Kazakhstan play Hong Kong.

The Kazakhs should be favourites - they are the current Asian champions and have been at the last four World Cups finals, missing out on only the first tournament in 1991. In 2006 they finished 11th.

Japan have appeared at three World Cups - 1991, 1994 and 2002 - but missed out four years ago when Kazakhstan beat them in the qualifier.

Neither Hong Kong nor Singapore have reached the World Cup finals before.

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