Cov give Canuks World Cup tuning
CANADA will be renewing old friendships at Coventry tomorrow night when they play their final warm-up before the World Cup repechage tournament which starts in Marseilles a week today when they will meet Germany first up.
No fewer than nine Canucks have played with Coventry in recent times, starting with lock forward Kevin Whitley in 2002/3 and followed in roughly chronological order by John Cannon (now sadly deceased), Nik Witkowski, Jared Barker, Leif Carlson, Aaron Carpenter, Phil Mackenzie, then, most recently, James Pritchard and current squad member Robbie Povey.
The match at Butts Park Arena, Cov’s closest home game to November 11, will be preceded by Coventry’s annual act of remembrance and admittance will be free for those who are 16 or under.
The Canadians are attempting to continue their proud record of never having failed to qualify for the World Cup and started their preparations on Wednesday night where Oxford University – shaping up well this season as they attempt to avenge last year’s Varsity defeat – proved very competitive. The Canadians won 26-20 – four tries to two – but were pushed all the way in front of the biggest crowd in many years at Iffley Road.
Warm-up: Robbie Povey