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Mon 5 Oct 2015 | 09:10

Preview: Canada v Romania

Preview: Canada v Romania
Mon 5 Oct 2015 | 09:10

Preview: Canada v Romania

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It is the last game of the tournament for Canada who have shown plenty of fight in their defeats to Ireland, France and Italy.

The Canadians have lost their last two matches against Romania in 2013 and 2014, and they will be hoping to end their World Cup on a high.

Canada coach Kieran Crowley has made six changes to the starting line-up that lost to France, the same number he has made after each match at the tournament.

However, the Canucks must make do without their injured captain and No.8 Tyler Ardron who has been unable to shake off a knock he sustained in the France game and will be replaced by Aaron Carpenter. 

The experienced Jamie Cudmore has featured in 13 World Cup matches and he will equal the Canada team record, 14 by Rod Snow, when he captains the side for the second time at the tournament.

Cudmore is playing in his fourth World Cup for Canada, a record he shares with Al Charron, Gareth Rees, Rod Snow and Mike James.

Romania have targeted their last two games against Canada and Italy, after going down to quarterfinalists Ireland and France.

Romania coach Lynn Howells has made seven changes to the starting line-up that lost 44-10 against Ireland, four in the pack and three in the backline.

Paulica Ion will be making his 10th appearance in a World Cup match and will join six other Romanians on double figures in this respect. Valentin Calafeteanu and Csaba Gal can also join if they come on as replacements.

Ovidiu Tonita was replaced in the squad due to injury, denying him the chance to play in an Oaks record 15th World Cup match. Tonita, who has been part of five World Cup squads and has played in the past four World Cups, now shares the team record of 14 World Cup matches with Romeo Gontineac.

Prop Mihaita Lazar and lock Valentin Poparlan will both be making their 50th test appearance. They will become the 36th and 37th player to achieve the half century for the Oaks.

Romania know that two wins will secure them third place in the group and automatic qualification for the next World Cup in Japan.

The weather in Leicester could play a major role with rain forecast, which could suit the Romanians and their highly physical pack of forwards.

Players to watch:

For Canada: DTH van der Merwe has scored in every game for Canada and will be looking to make it a full house, while outside centre Ciaran Hearn is another strong runner who cannot be given too much space. The experienced Aaron Carpenter will give everything alongside former Stormers flank Jebb Sinclair. Up front expect big skipper Jamie Cudmore to set the tone.

For Romania: In the backline hard-running Tongan centre Paula Kinikinilau and Kiwi flyhalf Michael Wiringi will be expected to provide some attacking spark. Captain Mihai Macovei will lead by example and South African-born lock Johannes van Heerden will be key in the line-outs while experienced prop Paulica Ion will look to impose himself at scrum-time.

Head to head: In midfield the battle between centres Paula Kinikinilau and Ciaran Hearn should be exciting, while flyhalves Nathan Hirayama and Michael Wiringi will also have a big say in the pace and direction of the game in the wet conditions. Mihai Macovei and Aaron Carpenter will both look to impose themselves from the back of the scrum, and in the second row it will be interesting to see how Johannes van der Merwe measures up to Jamie Cudmore.

Recent results:
2014: Romania won 18-9 in Bucharest
2005: Romania won 22-20 in Bucharest
1995: Canada won 34-3 in Port Elizabeth
1991: Canada won 19-11 in Toulouse

Prediction: This one will be close and could go either way, but Canada's attacking edge should see them do enough to salvage a consolation win by about five points.

Teams:

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 (captain), 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.

Romania: 15 Catalin Fercu, 14 Madalin Lemnaru, 13 Paula Kinikinilau, 12 Florin Vlaicu, 11 Ionut Botezatu, 10 Michael Wiringi, 9 Florin Surugiu, 8 Mihai Macovei (captain), 7 Viorel Lucaci, 6 Valentin Ursache, 5 Johannes van Heerden, 4 Valentin Poparlan, 3 Paulica Ion, 2 Otar Turashvili, 1 Mihaita Lazar.
Replacements: 16 Andrei Radoi, 17 Andrei Ursache, 18 Alexandru Tarus, 19 Daniel Carpo, 20 Stelian Burcea, 21 Valentin Calafeteanu, 22 Adrian Apostol, 23 Csaba Gal.

Date: Tuesday, October 6
Venue: Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
Kick-off: 16.45 (15.45 GMT; 11.45 Canadian Eastern Time)
Expected weather: Overcast with an 80 chance of rain, high of 18, 20kph wind 
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)           
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

PV: 2
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