Cov give Canuks World Cup tun­ing

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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

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