2019 Rugby World Cup: Mixed fortunes for Welsh coaches' Cup bids

Leigh Jones was Japan defence coach at the 2015 World Cup
Ex-Dragons assistant coach Leigh Jones was Japan defence coach at the 2015 World Cup

Welsh coaches Kingsley Jones and Leigh Jones had mixed fortunes as their teams began final bids to reach the 2019 World Cup.

The former Dragons coaches are in charge of Canada and Hong Kong respectively at the World Cup qualifying repechage in Marseille.

Kingsley Jones' Canucks kicked off the repechage with a 65-19 win over Kenya.

Hong Kong lost 26-9 to Germany in the four-team play-off that will end with one going to Japan next year.

Kenya await Hong Kong on Saturday, 17 November and Canada take on Germany later that day.

On Friday, 23 November the repechage ends with Kenya and Germany meeting before the Joneses become direct rivals in the event's final game.

The winners will be in Pool B in Japan, where they will take on World Cup holders New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia.

Ex-England and Bath defence coach Mike ford is in charge of a Germany squad that includes Bridgend back Jamie Murphy.

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