Cudmore to lead changed Canada

Date published: October 5 2015

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Canada have made six changes to their team for Tuesday's clash with Romania in their final game of the 2015 World Cup in Leicester.

Jamie Cudmore will lead the side in the absence of Tyler Ardron, as he equals the Canadian record for World Cup appearances held by Rod Snow with 14.

Cudmore is playing in his fourth World Cup. He shares the team record for most participations with Al Charron, Gareth Rees, Rod Snow and Mike James.

James Pritchard can join that group should he come on as a replacement. He appeared at the World Cup in 2003, 2007 and 2011 and is in the Canucks' matchday 23 for the first time at RWC 2015. With 607 points in his test career, Pritchard is the team's leading all-time points scorer.

Against France, DTH van der Merwe set a team record with his fifth career World Cup try. He broke the mark of four he shared with Charron and Morgan Williams.

Elsewhere in the team, hooker Aaron Carpenter has shifted to the back row where he will slot in for Ardron at number eight, with Ray Barkwill taking his place up front.

John Moonlight and Jebb Sinclair complete a completely new back row, while there are also three changes in the backs. Gordon McRorie starts ahead of Phil Mack at scrum-half, with Jeff Hassler and Harry Jones in on the wing and at full-back respectively.

Canada: 15 Harry Jones, 14 Jeff Hassler, 13 Ciaran Hearn, 12 Nick Blevins, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Nathan Hirayama, 9 Gordon McRorie, 8 Aaron Carpenter, 7 John Moonlight, 6 Jebb Sinclair, 5 Jamie Cudmore (c), 4 Brett Beukeboom, 3 Doug Wooldridge, 2 Ray Barkwill, 1 Hubert Buydens.
Replacements: 16 Benoit Piffero, 17 Djustice Sears-Duru, 18 Jake Ilnicki, 19 Kyle Gilmour, 20 Nanyak Dala, 21 Phil Mack, 22 Conor Trainor, 23 James Pritchard.

Date: Tuesday, October 6
Venue: Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
Kick-off: 16:45 local (15:45 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand),  Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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