Canada have played in every Rugby World Cup, taking some memorable scalps along the way. They won their first ever World Cup match, thumping Tonga 37-4 in Napier. Defeats by Ireland and Wales followed but the Canadians played with real purpose and industry, surprising many observers in the process.
Four years later, the Canucks enjoyed their most successful World Cup campaign, beating Fiji and Romania, and only narrowly losing to France, on the way to the last eight. They lost their quarter-final against New Zealand, 29-13, but as the scoreline suggests, the All Blacks really had to work for that victory.
In the last three World Cups, Canada failed to qualify for the knockout stages. They qualified for the 2011 tournament as the top seed in North America, after beating rivals USA in a two-legged playoff. In such a competitive group as Pool B, wins against Tonga and Japan is probably the very best the Canadians can hope for.
Rugby World Cup squad:
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.
Rugby World Cup records:
Most appearances: Rod Snow (14)
Most points: Gareth Rees (120)
Most tries: Morgan Williams/Al Charron (both 4)
Biggest RWC win/defeat: 72-11 v Namibia 1999, 6-68 v NZ 2003
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