Canada's team that defeated Tonga 25-20 has been rewarded with another task, as an unchanged lineup was named to take on France in Napier on Sunday.
Backing up from a physical match with Tonga was always going to be a concern with the quick turnaround between games, but the coaching staff has been given the green light by the team's medical staff to utilize everyone from Wednesday's 22.
"We wanted to reward an outstanding performance," forwards coach Neil Barnes said. "And with the four-day turnaround, consistency is key."
Canada's forward pack dealt with the Tongans handily in the set piece on Wednesday and Pat Riordan returns as captain to lead his side and the forward pack at hooker.
He is joined in the front row by Hubert Buydens at loosehead and Jason Marshall at tighthead. All three players had their work cut out for them against a strong Tongan front row, but proved they were worth their weight in gold on Wednesday night, providing a stable platform for the backline to attack from.
The platform was also contributed to by the remainder of the tight five, try-scorer Jebb Sinclair and Jamie Cudmore, who return for France. The back-row combination of man of the match winner Adam Kleeberger, Chauncey O'Toole and try-scorer Aaron Carpenter also return.
The squad's most capped player, Ed Fairhurst, leads the backline, again linking with flyhalf Ander Monro. Phil Mackenzie remains on a hot streak on the left wing, having scored four tries in as many games for Canada (although one appearance was uncapped against the Australian Barbarians) and Ciaran Hearn shores up the right wing.
Ryan Smith and DTH van der Merwe fill in the centre slots while James Pritchard returns to fullback.
The bench remains the same, with Ryan Hamilton reserve hooker, Scott Franklin reserve prop, Tyler Hotson at lock and Nanyak Dala at loose forward, making a 4:3 split, forwards and backs. The backline reserves see Sean White at replacement scrumhalf, Nathan Hirayama at flyhalf and Conor Trainor at centre.
Canadian side to face France
1. Hubert Buydens (PRAIRIE WOLF PACK)
2. Pat Riordan (captain) (BC BEARS)
3. Jason Marshall (BC BEARS)
4. Jebb Sinclair (LONDON IRISH)
5. Jamie Cudmore (ASM CLERMONT AUVERGNE)
6. Adam Kleeberger (BC BEARS)
7. Chauncey O'Toole (OSPREYS)
8. Aaron Carpenter (PLYMOUTH ALBION)
9. Ed Fairhurst (UBC OLD BOYS RAVENS)
10. Ander Monro (vice captain) (ONTARIO BLUES)
11. Phil Mackenzie (ESHER)
12. Ryan Smith (PRAIRIE WOLF PACK)
13. DTH van der Merwe (GLASGOW WARRIORS)
14. Ciaran Hearn (THE ROCK)
15. James Pritchard (BEDFORD BLUES)
16. Ryan Hamilton (BC BEARS)
17. Scott Franklin (PRAIRIE WOLF PACK)
18. Tyler Hotson (PLYMOUTH ALBION)
19. Nanyak Dala (PRAIRIE WOLF PACK)
20. Sean White (BC BEARS)
21. Nathan Hirayama (BC BEARS)
22. Conor Trainor (BC BEARS)
Kieran Crowley – Head coach
Geraint John – Assistant coach
Neil Barnes – Forwards coach
Mike Shelley – Scrum coach
Clive Griffiths – Defence coach
Matt Barr – Strength and conditioning coach
Rodger Swany – Team manager
Peter Huigenbos – Analyst
Calum Ramsay – Assistant analyst
Trevor Stone – Assistant manager
Tom Kennedy – Team media manager
Dr. Paul Watson – Team doctor
Carrie Smith – Head therapist
Carla Brash – Therapist
Anita Walsh – Therapist
Michele Brown – Massage therapist
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