TYLER AR­DRON

NZ Rugby World Tournament Guide - - POOL D -

Tyler Ar­dron is Canada’s 23-year-old cap­tain. Af­ter 17 tests since 2012 the loose for­ward is a young leader and the Ospreys are also groom­ing him to be their fu­ture skip­per. His Ospreys team­mate, Jeff Hassler, is another tal­ent; Canada’s player of the year in 2014 who scored six tries in 11 games on the wing for Ospreys last sea­son. Tay­lor Paris is likely to start on the other wing. Nathan Hi­rayama has been in­jured and Canada needs his play­mak­ing skills on the pitch.

A GOOD TOUR­NA­MENT FOR THEM?

It’s fair to say Canada has landed a de­cent pool. Only New Zealand’s could be con­sid­ered weaker. Ire­land and France will prob­a­bly be out of their league, though any­thing is pos­si­ble with the French. They did, af­ter all, lose to Tonga in New Zealand four years ago. Ro­ma­nia is a winnable game and Canada also have a chance against Italy.

NZRW PRE­DIC­TION

ONE WIN OVER RO­MA­NIA and close en­coun­ters with Italy and France to fin­ish third in the pool. Canada are ranked 17th in the world and such re­sults could only be con­sid­ered par for the course. Any­thing else would be a ma­jor sur­prise.

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