Canada coach Kieran Crowley has announced his 30-man squad for Rugby World Cup 2011, more than a month before the tournament kicks off.
"It’s been an exhaustive process that we really started three years ago," said Crowley of his selection. "We used everything at our disposal to get where we have and it’s probably the first time since I’ve been here that we’ve been able to take Canada’s best team.
"A lot of these players will be available for the next World Cup," he added. “Youth brings excitement, but you’ve also got to have that experience in the squad. We’re pretty happy with the balance we’ve found."
Canada will step up their World Cup preparation with home and away matches against USA in August before flying to Australia for a training camp.
Forwards: Ryan Hamilton, Pat Riordan (captain), Hubert Buydens, Scott Franklin, Jason Marshall, Andrew Tiedemann, Frank Walsh, Jamie Cudmore, Brian Erichsen, Tyler Hotson, Aaron Carpenter, Nanyak Dala, Adam Kleeberger, Jeremy Kyne, Chauncey O'Toole, Jebb Sinclair.
Backs: Ed Fairhurst, Jamie Mackenzie, Sean White, Nathan Hirayama, Ander Monro, Ryan Smith, Conor Trainor, Phil Mackenzie, Mike Scholz, DTH van der Merwe, Ciaran Hearn, Taylor Paris, Matt Evans, James Pritchard.
The deadline for squad announcements is 22 August.
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