Preview: Portugal v Canada

Date published: November 22 2013

Canada coach Kieran Crowley has confirmed his starting line-up that will take on Portugal in Lisbon, the duo's last Test of the year.

Canada head coach Kieran Crowley has announced his starting line-up that will tackle Portugal in Lisbon on Saturday, the duo's last Test of 2013.

The Canucks enter the fixture on the back of narrow losses to Georgia and Romania in what has been a very busy year for Crowley's outfit.

In their side is full-back James Pritchard, Taylor Paris, Adam Kleeberger and Tyler Hotson, with loosehead prop Hubert Buydens named skipper.

A remarkable nine players out of the matchday 23 are in Canada's squad travelling to Dubai next week for the second leg of the Sevens series.

Portugal meanwhile enter the game following a 68-0 win over Brazil in Sao Paulo, a week after they lost at home to Fiji 36-13, and name Pedro Leal, Vasco Uva and João Correia in their starting XV. Correia leads the team from hooker, with Canada coach Crowley expecting an open game.

“Portugal play a lot more rugby then Georgia and Romania so we're expecting the game to be a lot more open,” he told ahead of the international at National Stadium.

“They compete very hard at the breakdown so we will need to be accurate in this area.”

Recent results:

2010: Canada won 23-20 in Lisbon
2008: Canada won 21-13 in Lisbon
2007: Canada won 42-12 in Nepean

The teams:

Portugal: 15 Pedro Leal, 14 Gonçalo Foro, 13 Pedro Bettencourt, 12 Miguel Leal, 11 Frederico Oliveira, 10 Francisco V. Almeida, 9 Francisco P. Magalhães, 8 Vasco Uva, 7 António Duarte, 6 Fernando Almeida, 5 Gonçalo Uva, 4 Rafael Simões, 3 Jorge Segurado, 2 João Correia (capt), 1 Bruno Medeiros.
Replacements: 16 João Almeida, 17 Bruno Rocha, 18 Francisco Tavares, 19 Luís Portela, 20 Eric dos Santos, 21 Nuno Penha e Costa, 22 Francisco Appleton, 23 Adérito Esteves.

Canada: 15 James Pritchard, 14 Conor Trainor, 13 Ciaran Hearn, 12 Nick Blevins, 11 Taylor Paris, 10 Harry Jones, 9 Phil Mack, 8 Adam Kleeberger, 7 Nanyak Dala, 6 John Moonlight, 5 Tyler Hotson, 4 Jon Phelan, 3 Andrew Tiedemann, 2 Ray Barkwill, 1 Hubert Buydens (capt).
Replacements: 16 Benoit Piffero, 17 Djustice Sears-Duru, 18 Jake Ilnicki, 19 Brett Beukeboom, 20 Kyle Gilmour, 21 Jamie Mackenzie, 22 Pat Parfrey, 23 Connor Braid.

Date: Saturday, November 23
Kick-off: 15:00 local
Venue: National Stadium, Lisbon
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)