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One change from Canada

30th September 2011 06:00


Japan v Canada - Phil Mackenzie try

Tough finish: Canada

Canada head coach Kieran Crowley has announced his team to play their final match in Pool A against New Zealand in Wellington on Sunday.

Though weary and nursing injuries, Canada has stuck to its policy of fielding its strongest line-up for every match at the World Cup, naming a full-strength side for the match against the All Blacks.

Five players named by coach Crowley on Friday have been unable to train in the five days since Canada's disappointing 23-23 draw with Japan and will have their fitness tested before being confirmed in the matchday squad.

Only one player, full-back James Pritchard, was unavailable because of injury and his absence prompts one change of personnel, and one positional. Matt Evans moves from wing to full-back and Conor Trainor starts at number 14.

Canada: 15 Matt Evans, 14 Conor Trainor, 13 DTH Van Der Merwe, 12 Ryan Smith, 11 Phil Mackenzie, 10 Ander Monro, 9 Ed Fairhurst, 8 Aaron Carpenter, 7 Chauncey O'Toole, 6 Adam Kleeberger, 5 Jamie Cudmore, 4 Jebb Sinclair, 3 Jason Marshall, 2 Pat Riordan (c), 1 Hubert Buydens.
Replacements: 16 Ryan Hamilton, 17 Scott Franklin, 18 Andrew Tiedemann, 19 Tyler Hotson, 20 Nanyak Dala, 21 Sean White, 22 Nathan Hirayama.

Date: Sunday, October 1
Kick-off: 15. 30 (02.30 GMT)
Venue: Wellington Regional Stadium
Referee: Romain Poite (France)