PREVIEW: All Blacks vs Canada (Oita)

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Match details: All Blacks vs Canada, Wednesday 3 October, 11.15pm NZT, Oita Stadium, Japan.

 

Played: 5

Won: All Blacks 5, Canada 0

Last time: All Blacks 79, Canada 15 (2011)

Referee: Romain Poite

 

HISTORY FOR THE BARRETT’S

Beauden, Jordie and Scott Barrett will become the first trio of brothers to start for the All Blacks in a Rugby World Cup match when they take the field in Oita against Canada. Beauden and Scott have retained their places at fullback and lock respectively, while Jordie comes onto the right wing. They are only the second trio of brothers to start in a World Cup match after the Tongan Vunipola brothers achieved the feat in 1995. 

 

VISIONARY MOVE

Ardie Savea will be sporting a new-look against Canada as he wears protective rugby goggles for the first time in his career. The move comes after Savea discovered that the vision had deteriorated in his left eye and he realised he had to protect his eyesight.

FAMILIAR FACE

The All Blacks know there will be no shortage of fight and determination from Canada with Tyler Ardron at the helm of the side. Ardron has built up plenty of admirers in New Zealand through his time with Bay of Plenty and the Chiefs over recent seasons. A powerful ball-runner, thunderous defender and inspirational figure on the field, Ardron will square off with All Blacks captain Kieran Read at No.8 in an intriguing head-to-head battle. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said his side had the upmost respect for Ardron. “We are sure his attitude of not taking a backward step will be reflected throughout the whole team,” Hansen said.

 

TRAINOR LOOKS TO DOUBLE DOWN

Canadian flyer Conor Trainor scored two tries against the All Blacks at the 2011 Rugby World Cup and will be hoping for another strong performance in Oita. The electric mid-fielder was just 21 when he took on the All Blacks in 2011 and is looking forward to marking Jack Goodhue at centre. "Hopefully now I am a better rugby player. Been around a lot longer and more of a veteran on the team as opposed to the new guy. But same work ethic, same want to win. I just want to go out there and score tries," Trainor said.

 

FAST FACT

Kieran Read, Samuel Whitelock and Sonny Bill Williams are the only survivors from the All Blacks last match against Canada in 2011.

TEAMS (caps in brackets)

All Blacks:  1: Atu Moli (2) 2: Liam Coltman (6) 3: Angus Ta’avao (9) 4: Patrick Tuipulotu (26) 5: Scott Barrett (32) 6: Shannon Frizell (6) 7:Matt Todd (21) 8: Kieran Read - captain (123) 9: TJ Perenara (60)

10: Richie Mo’unga (13) 11: Rieko Ioane (26) 12: Sonny Bill Williams (54) 13: Jack Goodhue (9) 14: Jordie Barrett (12) 15: Beauden Barrett (79)

Reserves: 16: Codie Taylor (46) 17: Ofa Tuungafasi (31) 18: Nepo Laulala (21) 19: Samuel Whitelock (113) 20: Ardie Savea (40) 21: Brad Weber (2) 22: Ryan Crotty (46) 23: Ben Smith (81)

 

Canada: 1. Djustice Sears-Duru 2. Eric Howard 3. Cole Keith 4. Evan Olmstead 5. Conor Keys 6. Lucas Rumball 7. Matt Heaton 8. Tyler Ardron - captain 9. Gordon McRorie 10. Peter Nelson 11. DTH Van Der Merwe 12. Ciaran Hearn 13. Conor Trainor 14. Jeff Hassler 15. Patrick Parfrey

Reserves: 16. Andrew Quattrin 17. Hubert Buydens 18. Jake Ilnicki 19. Michael Sheppard 20. Josh Larsen 21. Phil Mack 22. Taylor Paris 23. Andrew Coe

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