Crowley keep changes to a minimum
September 25, 2011
Canada flanker Adam Kleeburger's performances in New Zealand have not gone unnoticed © Getty Images
Canada boss Kieran Crowley has made just one change to his tried and trusted starting line-up ahead of Tuesday's Rugby World Cup Pool A showdown with Japan at McLean Park.
After naming the same XV for the Canucks' clashes with Tonga and France, Crowley has opted to replace Ciaran Hearn with Matt Evans on the right wing for the meeting with the Cherry Blossoms in Napier.
There is, however, one other change on the bench, where Nanyak Dala makes way for Jeremy Kyne.
Canada: James Pritchard; Matt Evans, DTH van der Merwe, Ryan Smith, Phil Mackenzie; Ander Monro, Ed Fairhurst; Hubert Buydens, Pat Riordan (capt), Jason Marshall; Jebb Sinclair, Jamie Cudmore; Adam Kleeberger, Chauncey O'Toole, Aaron Carpenter.
Replacements: Ryan Hamilton, Scott Franklin, Tyler Hotson, Jeremy Kyne, Sean White, Nathan Hirayama, Conor Trainor
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
"The thirst for knowledge has seen coaches break away from the confines of rugby and look to America." Tom Hamilton on the two-way learning process
On Saturday, New Zealand face the USA in a match that has been 40 years in the making. Tom Hamilton finds the atmosphere building in Chicago
Most modern rugby players will not know the name Ray Williams but they should be eternally grateful to him, writes John Taylor
With the All Blacks playing the USA Eagles this weekend, Craig Dowd says rugby is ready to make a professional breakthrough Stateside