Australia vs Canada RWC’07 preview and teams

Australia vs Canada RWC’07 preview and teams


So what can come out of this one-sided game tomorrow?
On the positive (and grasping at straws) side, this is Huxley’s chance to prove that we have a backup to Barnes, assuming Bernie’s knee can’t be put back together. If he’s ever going to look good at 10, this must surely be it.

Another positive is Cameron Shepherd getting a run. With one more injury he could become very important indeed and is probably the closest we’ve got to a top flight goal kicker. Would be good to see him in machine-like form.

So for the possible negatives. The biggest by far would be any injuries to any of the backs, first choice or back-up. Of those running on, Latham is the biggest worry. The compounding of his impact for the Wallabies at the back with the dickiness of his mending knee worries the hell out of me.

The other would be a shitty performance where we win by less than 30 points due to mixing up the team sheet. Low probability, but we need good momentum going into the pommy match which is shaping up to be a humdinger.

The teams:

Australia: 15 Chris Latham, 14 Cameron Shepherd, 13 Lote Tuqiri, 12 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Julian Huxley, 9 Sam Cordingley, 8 David Lyons, 7 George Smith (c), 6 Hugh McMeniman, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Nathan Sharpe, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Adam Freier, 1 Greg Holmes
Replacements: 16 Sean Hardman, 17 Guy Shepherdson, 18 Rocky Elsom, 19 Phil Waugh, 20 Stephen Hoiles, 21 George Gregan, 22 Matt Giteau

Canada: 15 DTH van der Merwe, 14 Justin Mensah-Coker, 13 Mike Pyke, 12 Derek Daypuck, 11 James Pritchard, 10 Ander Monro, 9 Morgan Williams (c), 8 Sean-Michael Stephen, 7 Dave Biddle, 6 Colin Yukes, 5 Mike James, 4 Luke Tait, 3 Jon Thiel, 2 Pat Riordan, 1 Rod Snow
Replacements: 16 Aaron Carpenter, 17 Dan Pletch, 18 Mike Pletch, 19 Mike Burak, 20 Mike Webb, 21 Ed Fairhurst, 22 Dave Spicer

Date: Saturday, 29 September
Venue: Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
Kick-off: 15:00 (14:00 BST, 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Chris White
Touch judges: Steve Walsh, Bryce Lawrence
Television match official: Lyndon Bray
Assessor: Michel Lamoulie

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