Canada captain Tyler Ardron is looking forward to the opportunity to compete in the World Cup, after being sidelined from the Ireland fixture as a precautionary measure.
Ardron said his absence from the his team's tournament opener has afforded him an extra week to ensure that he is adequately prepared to compete against the best teams in the world, and he intends to exploit that opportunity.
"The knee is fine. I was pretty much ready to go against Ireland but now having this extra week… I've trained at 100 per cent for a few weeks now. It was very hard (to sit out the loss to Ireland), that's all I have to say about that," said Ardron.
Ardron is expected to make a meaningful contribution to his team when he does return and one of the facets of the game that he wants to see remedied is that of discipline.
He feels that it let Canada down against Ireland and believes it will let the team down against Italy on Saturday, if the matter is not urgently addressed.
"We saw 50 or 60 minutes against Ireland where we got the things we can control right," he added.
"For me, coming back in, just make sure we can put a full 80-minute game in and don't have any of those lapses that caused us to go astray."