Carson, Percillier lead Canada to fifth-place finish at World Rugby U20 Trophy

SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil — Nick Carson scored two tries and captain Will Percillier added a try and six conversions as Canada downed Kenya 52-13 Sunday in the fifth-place game at the second-tier World Rugby U20 Trophy.

Japan edged Portugal 35-34 in the final to win promotion to the top-tier World Rugby U20 Championship. Tonga beat Uruguay 29-27 to finish third at the eight-country competition.

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Antoine de la Fontaine, Michael McCarthy, Tyler Rowland, David Richard and Siaki Vikilani also scored tries for Canada, which finished with a 2-2-0 record.

Brazil defeated Hong Kong 32-29 to place seventh.

Canada was coming off a 78-26 win over Hong Kong 78-26 on Wednesday. The Canadians opened the eight-country event with losses to Tonga and Portugal.

Canada defeated the United States 44-33 and 23-5 to earn the right to represent North America at the tournament.

This year's fifth-place finish improves on Canada's seventh-place result from last year.

The Canadians made it to the final in 2013 and 2015 but lost both times.

This year's Canadian team featured 12 players from B.C., nine from Ontario, two each from Alberta and Quebec and one from Newfoundland and Labrador.

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